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rick57 28th October 2006 02:37 PM

USB to SPDIF converter, or that combined with good DAC
Just getting a 2nd hand ThinkPad (sale in progress) to switch to audio off the notebook.

I want to bypass the 3.5 mm analog output, as that will have gone through the basic onboard DAC. (The music will be coming through "audiophile" 3 ways speakers I will make, with ribbon tweeters etc).

I need either a USB 1.1 to SPDIF converter, to hook to a good separate 96k DAC, or a combined unit. Preferably a 2nd hand off board sound card with USB in and a 96k DAC.

I thought I found some of the latter, eg
M-Audio Audiophile USB
M -Audio Sonica Theater
but it looks like the USBs in these are just for output, ie for musicians or others recording

I want something better than the DAC inn the combined Hagerman $US 129 USB > SPDIF & DAC.

Anyone know of a cheaper USB 1.1 to SPDIF converter?

Better to draw off digital something inside the notebook, or spend about $US 80 (I'm otside the US) for the Hagerman & build it? The latter seems excessive just to get a digital out . . how easy is drawing off digital something inside the notebook?


Scott_fx 29th October 2006 05:47 PM

have you considered just getting a usb dac instead of a s/pdif dac and a usb/spdif converter?

rick57 30th October 2006 01:14 AM

Yes, I was hoping for something between the Hagerman hagUSB and the Chime.

Iíve since been told offline that the USB on eg the M-Audio Audiophile USB *should accept input, so thatís the compromise Iím likely to use

On a premium system Iíd go for the Hagerman Chime


Scott_fx 30th October 2006 02:27 AM

the Dared MP-5 has me thinking about purchasing one of those for my house and moving my diy dac/amp to work

kanguru 30th October 2006 09:59 AM

I have had an M-Audio Audiophile USB connected via SPDIF to a Benchmark DAC1 and a pair of Sennheiser HD650s.

Fantastic sound, but there are simpler and cheaper ways to do it.

For example, a Sinovoice USB Audio Controller with optical SPDIF out goes for about $15 on eBay or you could get a (possibly higher quality and certainly more amenable to modding) USB to coax SPDIF from COEMAudio in Brisbane for $55 plus shipping

(p.s. just a satisfied customer of both eBay and COEMAudio.)

danon 30th October 2006 11:23 AM

Further possible stuff to investigate:
diy of course
other, assembled
maybe this fellow

rick57 30th October 2006 11:38 AM


What DAC do you use?


jeff mai 30th October 2006 07:51 PM


Originally posted by kanguru
I have had an M-Audio Audiophile USB connected via SPDIF to a Benchmark DAC1 and a pair of Sennheiser HD650s.


Originally posted by rick57

What DAC do you use?



rick57 30th October 2006 08:02 PM

What can I say?
I was watching a program on global warming, reading on PC audio, and my mind got over heated . .


FastEddy 30th October 2006 08:17 PM


See: = includes cable and they ship to Australia.

See: = includes FW cable and they ship to Australia ... ( ... adds FireWire to your laptop )

Note: very few professional music recording studios use USB anymore for bi-directional audio, most have converted to FireWire in order to record multi-channel 24bit/96k or better ... like this: ...

There are some very, very good USB DACs in out there, but for pro, bi-directional music record and playback, bit the bullett and get with FireWire.

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