My Onkyo soundcard drivers stopped working when I upgraded to Windows 10. Onkyo says they have no plans to release a patch, so I'm left with no high quality audio solution for my computer. Since I already have a good headphone amplifier, what I'm mainly looking for is a high quality line level analog output.
One options is another soundcard, the ASUS Xonar STX
being the obvious choice. I dunno, it doesn't grab me.
I was thinking with going with an external box this time, connected via USB. As this opens up about a zillion options, I'm going to limit things to,
- Respected audio brands with a solid reputation for digital audio.
- Small enough to be placed on top of my computer case.
- $500-ish, used or new.
My short list includes the following: Denon DA-300usb
, TEAC UD-301
, and Onkyo DA-1000
. Teac also makes the 301's big brother, the UD-501
. This is a much nicer unit, very substantial. A bit large. Rounding out the field is the LUXMAN DA-100
. These can be found deeply...