- Jul 21, 2013
- Vancouver, Canada
I'll be in touch. It's currently at the post office waiting for me to pick up. I almost purchased the Pro-ject Stream Box S2, but the SOtM Ultra Neo came up on the used market here for cheaper than a new S2. I also have the Sbooster LPS for it.Slightly left-of-topic, but I'd be keen to hear how you get on with this. I am also trying to move from Roon Server -> Laptop (Roon endpoint) -> USB -> DAC to a streamer solution. In practice, I have a long USB cable and as you, if my laptop gets busy, sound can get interrupted. I managed to get a Pro-ject stream box s2 ultra via eBay for a good price so if it is not satisfactory, it can go. I will also compare it to USBridge Signature w/ LPS. Internet says Pro-ject > USBridge FWIW.
I am still curious about the SOtM device because it has a high-quality clock in it. IMO the quality clock at source + 'decrapifying' at source (instead of an interim device) seems ideal to me.
Just to keep the thread LA3 related; I happened to get the dealer loaner Amber3 as a new unit and it seems to have had a good 2w burn-in period. It does seem to like to be continuously on and warm, as others have mentioned.
I agree with you, that if you believe an external clock makes a difference, it's best to have it included with the source. Yet another piece of equipment and yet another power source (and potential for noise from that power source), could well negate the upside of having that clock in the first place.