any experiences with USB DAC's (on linux)?
Nov 3, 2008 at 3:11 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 25

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I'm planning to buy a USB DAC for use with linux. I know officially any usb-sound compliant device (which most USB DAC's are, i guess) should work with the standard usb-sound driver, but I can imagine differences in the USB hardware implementations of different DAC's may cause operation to be more, or less smooth. For that matter, experiences on Windows/Mac may be just as relevant. I would appreciate to hear any personal experiences.

Many thanks!
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ps i'm particularly interested in the Aqvox USB 2 DAC or similar.
 
Nov 3, 2008 at 8:37 PM Post #2 of 25

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I have used several different USB audio devices with Linux and they all have worked just fine. I am currently using Stello DA100S at the office, and I have used at least Total Bithead and Edirol UA-25 in the past.
 
Nov 3, 2008 at 9:10 PM Post #3 of 25

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A Trends UD-10 works just fine here running Debian based Voyage Linux. The trends outputs S/PDIF to a Merdian 518, then to a GDA-700. All bit perfect with different sample rate material and HDCD FLACs.
 
Nov 3, 2008 at 11:53 PM Post #5 of 25

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Yup, linux has generic USB audio drivers like Mac and Windows, so all the devices advertised as no drivers needed or what not should be supported with no problems. It's only the ones that don't use generic drivers that cause problems, but this is only in sound cards like the emu 0404. DACs should all be using standard USB audio, don't quote me on that though, there could be some that don't.
 
Nov 4, 2008 at 1:02 AM Post #7 of 25

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Here you go skamp

Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000

Not sure what that means. I'm a bit new to linux.
I guess one of these is my Chaintech AV-710 and the other the Monica USB.
 
Nov 4, 2008 at 5:33 PM Post #9 of 25

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Quote:

Originally Posted by skamp /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Could USB DAC owners please run the following command and copy the output?
Code:

Code:
[left]cat /proc/asound/card*/stream0 | grep Rates[/left]





For the Trends Audio UD-10 running voyage Linux:

nick@voyage:~$ cat /proc/asound/card*/stream0 | grep Rates
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000

uname -a : Linux voyage 2.6.26-486-voyage #1 PREEMPT Fri Oct 24 09:21:04 GMT 2008 i586 GNU/Linux

There might be a Benchmark DAC1 USB here in the near future. I'll let you know how that goes.
 
Nov 4, 2008 at 10:14 PM Post #10 of 25

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Well, I use a pico with usb dac, close enough?
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mdk@moe:~$ cat /proc/asound/card*/stream0 | grep Rates
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000

a bit of dmesg:

[ 1623.100412] usb 1-1: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 4
[ 1623.171358] usb 1-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 1623.176334] input: Burr-Brown from TI USB Audio DAC as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0/usb1/1-1/1-1:1.2/input/input6
[ 1623.193888] input,hidraw2: USB HID v1.00 Device [Burr-Brown from TI USB Audio DAC ] on usb-0000:00:02.0-1
[ 1623.460421] usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio
 
Nov 28, 2008 at 9:17 PM Post #14 of 25

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Quote:

Originally Posted by skamp /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Could USB DAC owners please run the following command and copy the output?
Code:

Code:
[left]cat /proc/asound/card*/stream0 | grep Rates[/left]





Wavelength Brick USB DAC showed up today.


nick@voyage:~$ cat /proc/asound/card*/stream0 | grep Rates
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000

And from dmesg:
usb 1-2: USB disconnect, address 6
usb 1-2: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 7
usb 1-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
input: Wavelength Audio,ltd WA Brick USBDAC as /class/input/input6
input: USB HID v1.00 Device [Wavelength Audio,ltd WA Brick USBDAC] on usb-0000:00:0f.4-2
 
Nov 29, 2008 at 5:19 PM Post #15 of 25

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Keces DA-151 (PCM2702)
Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000

My 2MOVE should have the same input (also uses PCM2702).

Interesting, PICO can only go up to 48000. I reckon USB 1.1 receivers can only go up to 48000.
 

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