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Computer Audio item created by joe, Aug 4, 2014
Pros - Does as advertised. Solid build quality. Fixed my noisy USB ports.
Cons - Other solutions might exist for cheaper. No type-B USB cable included.
I occasionally want to use my Dragonfly Red DAC with my desktop computer. I've never had issues with the Dragonfly from my laptop ports or my phone's micro-USB port. However, when connected on any USB port of my desktop, I get a loud hizzing/buzzing noise that ruins the sound of the DAC.
So, I bought the Schiit Wyrd. It fixed the problem perfectly. Zero hissing/buzzing whatsoever. Clean, clear sound.
I'm not going to tell you that it magically improves the sound of the DAC. Nor can I tell you whether or not other cheaper solutions might exist, such as a regular powered USB hub or the Audioquest Jitterbug. I didn't try any other solutions.
I can say only that the Schiit Wyrd worked perfectly and solved my problem.
Pros - Inexpensive, passes through all forms of audio as they are, even very high res.
Cons - Requires use of its wall-wart and can't use USB bus power.
The world’s most expensive 1-port USB hub, Jason Stoddard joked about the Wyrd. The story was as its namesake: Jason and Mike put together a USB filter expecting it to have no effect on their already carefully considered DAC USB inputs and were surprised when the sound quality improved. With similar exclamation from others who tried the prototype, they put it in to production promising nothing.
I’ve spent a number of years mucking about with DAC inputs, using converters and power supplies ranging up into the 4-figure mark, so at $99 the Wyrd was a no-brainer. Jitter, having long been quite thoroughly dealt with in USB lead many to wonder what was causing the differences with various devices and cables and noise from the computer being sent over the USB lines was revealed to be the culprit.
The crown of the converters I've used has been the Audiophilleo 1 with optional Pure Power pack. I'd also bought a Vanix USB hub with its higher-quality USB power output, designed for their signal generators. That hub had done well with a Calyx 24/192 DAC, better I felt than the optional better PSU that Calyx offered, so I'm no stranger to these kinds of tweaks. I couldn't have imagined that anything would beat the Audiophilleo, but with a Chord Hugo as my main DAC for some time, I was surprised that it seemed to at least match it when hooked up. The Hugo's USB port is a bit sensitive to computer noise, the result being a touch of hardness to the treble when listening. That vanished using the Audiophilleo through the S/PDIF and, much to my delight, with the Wyrd through the high-res USB port.
Similar improvements were to be had with a Calyx M and FiiO X5II DAPs when they were used in DAC mode. When up-sampling to 384 kHz, USB transmission quality becomes critical and the Wyrd ensures glitch-free listening to USB DACs in those cases. I’ve also used it when I had trouble transferring music files to DAPs using Android File Transfer on my Mac, which would drop transfers far too readily if the transfer was interrupted in any way. That makes the much cheaper Wyrd vastly better value and more versatile than an S/PDIF converter. Funnily enough, when I was comparing a Soundaware D100PRO music server with the Audiophilleo AP1, I found that the Wyrd improved the AP1's performance, something I thought wouldn't be possible! Weird (or Wyrd) indeed!
For devices which already have, say, galvanic isolation on their USB inputs the Wyrd may have no benefit. I’ve heard it may even not work well with some devices. But for $99 it has proven to be a versatile and useful device that has solved even some problems I didn’t know I had.
Pros - Absolutely sounds better with it
Cons - Power supply draws 2 watt even when unit is off
I've done a lot of A-B comparing and the Schiit Wyrd absolutely improves my sound quality. Without it, the music sounds more distant, less expansive, less clear and also a bit softer volume.
A bit of background; I'm running a good quality 10 foot Belkin AV USB able from my Mac to the Dac. The Mac has sorta weak USB as it is.
I was not really getting dropouts except on a rare occasion, but I would definitely hear some buzzing on certain tracks at times. 10 feet of USB cable can't be great.
The Wyrd cleared all that up. I would say if you run USB, you need Wyrd.
My only small complaint is that the power supply draws 2 watts of power when the Wyrd is off. That's not a whole lot of power, but I'm a stickler for vampire draws.
Pros - No doubt it works. Cheap. Built solid.
Cons - Needs a wall wart.
I am an amateur recording engineer that mainly uses a laptop pc on location with a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.
The bus power is no doubt as noisy as a baby with a full diaper that's up way past bedtime.
I use the same interface at home with monitors, etc. but I had a HUGE problem with the interface dropping out every 15 or so minutes with low latency settings in my ASIO driver selected.
Long story short, this goes in the middle with stock cables (or 3 dollar ones from the local PC guy) and all my problems disappear. Hours and days connected on end with no drop outs.
The only annoying thing would be the wall wart which is mainly a portability issue for me.
I now have two, one fixed at home and another in a padded camera bag which goes with the rest of my kit.
I won't say it makes my recordings sound better or anything, because I haven't done comparisons, but all I know is that it lets me do what I want.
Pros - It does as advertised.
Cons - $120 ($99 @ schiit.com) is a lot to for one purpose.... but so worth it.
Let me preface this review by explaining the issue I was dealing with.
I have always experienced digital noise from, I'm assuming, my poorly grounded laptop. It didn't matter if I used the headphone jacks or my Alessis i02 Express for recording/DAC (poor man's recording/DAC that I totally recommend if you're in a pinch). The noise I'm talking about is not static but rather a dynamic sound that follows closely to what my laptop is doing, for instance, if my fans rev up, I will hear soft glitchy sounds, almost like running water, that speed up and slow down. So basically whenever my laptop does something (download, play a dvd, connect cell phone) there is an audible response over my headphones. That noise has always taken up headroom and it was quite noticeable when I would put in my Westone UM2 IEM's. I honestly didn't think there was a way to clean up the signal so I just lived with it. But then I started getting into Schiit gear....
I got a Valhalla 2 to drive my Beyerdynamic DT880s (600 ohm) more appropriately than my other setup, and the digital noise started driving me mad. So I did what anyone does now-a-days and googled it. That's when I stumbled across the Schiit Wyrd Decrapifier. I was hesitant at first because the reviews were a little mixed about its functionality, but I figured if it doesn't clear up the signal I'll just return it. I received the Wyrd (along with a Modi 2 Uber) from Amazon today. The device installed immediately on my Win7 laptop, and before I switched my setup to the Modi 2 I wanted to see if the Wyrd would clean up the signal on my Alessis i02. It did and it was FANTASTIC! I really couldn't believe my ears, it was like I've been on an airplane this whole time with a constant whirring and churning, but now silence. No noise, no nothing. I had the same results when I put in the Modi 2 in place of the Alessis i02.
If you use USB in your audio setup, and you are experiencing some of the noise issues I talked about then I highly recommend this product. It's built like a metal brick right here in the USA, probably by Thor himself.... joke! But seriously this puts a new light on my listening experience and I just gotta say this Schiit rocks!
My first anything on head-fi.org, so forgive any of my errors.