Originally Posted by cosmopragma
It depends on the DAC.Some DACs are relatively jitter immune, others are sensitive.
I own a DAC with bypass option for the jitter reducing circuit.The difference is easily audible in a DBT, and I'm utilizing a RME soundcard that outputs probably less jitter than e.g. a cheap AV-710.
Could somebody be so kind to explain this? You say that the RME would probably output less jitter than the chaintech, which sounds logical. Why does Rogue claim the chaintech sounds better with a budget, non jitter reducing dac, the Dialogue II?
Wouldn't the output with the least amount of jitter always sound better? Or is this soundcard dependant too? In other words, are there any other non-jitter related factors to take into account?
I thought most people would agree that the EMU cards output a pretty low amount of jitter, compared to the chaintech at least?
I am asking this because I might be upgrading to a budget dac for now (<200$) until I find enough money for a Benchmark DAC1. The DAC1 won't be for the near future so I was wondering if upgrading the chaintech would be a good idea.
Yeah, the Dialogue does sound significantly better than the EMU 1212m. I tried using the digital out on both the EMU and the AV710, and I found that the quality using the AV710 was perhaps slightly better than the EMU, surprisingly. I think the EMU Patchmix drivers somehow alter the sound, although the difference was not remarkable.
Thanks in advance