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Old 28th October 2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default 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 http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...USB-focus.html
M -Audio Sonica Theater www.sudhian.com/index.php?/articles/show/465/2
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.
http://www.hagtech.com/hagusb.html

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?

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Old 29th October 2006, 05:47 PM   #2
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have you considered just getting a usb dac instead of a s/pdif dac and a usb/spdif converter?
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Old 30th October 2006, 01:14 AM   #3
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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

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Old 30th October 2006, 02:27 AM   #4
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the Dared MP-5 has me thinking about purchasing one of those for my house and moving my diy dac/amp to work
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Old 30th October 2006, 09:59 AM   #5
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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

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Old 30th October 2006, 11:23 AM   #6
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Further possible stuff to investigate:
diy of course
http://www.ecp.cc/usb-spdif.html
other, assembled
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZpc4sl
http://www.aegophile.com/products/usbspdif.htm
maybe this fellow
http://cgi.ebay.com/ESI-Waveterminal...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 30th October 2006, 11:38 AM   #7
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What DAC do you use?

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Old 30th October 2006, 07:51 PM   #8
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I have had an M-Audio Audiophile USB connected via SPDIF to a Benchmark DAC1 and a pair of Sennheiser HD650s.

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What DAC do you use?

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Old 30th October 2006, 08:02 PM   #9
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Old 30th October 2006, 08:17 PM   #10
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rick57:

See: http://industrialcomponent.com/maudio/us99130.html = includes cable and they ship to Australia.

See: http://industrialcomponent.com/maudio/fwsolo.html = includes FW cable and they ship to Australia ... ( http://firewirestuff.com/pcmcia.html ... 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: http://industrialcomponent.com/maudio/lightbridge.html ...

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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