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Old 29th April 2016, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default Suggestion for async usb converter board/module to SPDIF?

Hey Guy's appreciate some insight.
(running windows 7 x64 and Jriver media player)

My head is spinning from researching all these things, and trying to figure what to get.

Basically all I want is some board/module to go Async USB to have,
Both caox and optical out that supports upto 24/192 on the coax out.
(preferably a completed board, I either just add power, box or straight into USB power power)

I see quite a few of these things in the like $30 range and wonder if they'll do decent?

Something like this,
CM6631A USB 2 0 to SPDIF Coaxial Optical 24bit 192kHz Sound Card DAC Board | eBay

Is there something better or different I should look at in the say $50 and under category?

Is there a certain chip I should look for, maybe an XMOS is better?
I'm pretty clueless on what's best/good here.

At the present I'm using a buddy's Nuforce U192s and hoping to get at least as good of performance as that.

Thanks in advance for any and all info,
Keg

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Old 29th April 2016, 03:21 PM   #2
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For an xmos variant this would be 1 I was looking at as well.

Xmos PCM5102 TDA1308 USB Decoder Board USB in Coaxial RCA Headphone Output | eBay

But doesn't have optical, I don't "need" optical, but was kinda wanting it for more connection options to various pieces.

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Old 1st May 2016, 01:19 PM   #3
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The first one seems better, the second is an example of worst XMOS decoupling I've seen .... so far.
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Old 1st May 2016, 04:08 PM   #4
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Try jlsounds I2SoverUSB. It worth the extra.
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Old 2nd May 2016, 07:46 AM   #5
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Much appreciate the input guy's.

This is the 1 I think I may settle on,
X 1 Xmos USB Digital Interface Module | eBay

Using the latest xmos 200series chip, ($20 more than my list, but I think not bad)
Doesn't have the optical I wanted for flexibility, but my current dacs all do have coax.

From my research I think will do me pretty well for this setup, and associated gear there.
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Just wondering: why is it important to be async, if it's gonna end up as spdif?
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Old 3rd May 2016, 09:06 AM   #7
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Basically it takes the PC away from being the control, and lets better cards do there thing.

And I have an Singxer X-1 on the way.
(I'll use a USB cable with external power feed to keep that off the USB buss as well)

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Much appreciate the input guy's.

This is the 1 I think I may settle on,
X 1 Xmos USB Digital Interface Module | eBay

Using the latest xmos 200series chip, ($20 more than my list, but I think not bad)
Doesn't have the optical I wanted for flexibility, but my current dacs all do have coax.

From my research I think will do me pretty well for this setup, and associated gear there.
What drivers are you going to use with it? Why do you think the XMOS chip is better than the CM6631A for a SPDIF output?
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Old 2nd June 2016, 12:50 PM   #9
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Singxer latest xmos chip based DDR,
Here is a link to an Head-fi thread which should have all the info you'd want/need.
(the 1st 3/4 of the thread is pretty relevant, the last tails off to other stuff there)
XMOS XU208 USB BRIDGES - THE LATEST GEN HAS ARRIVED!

I've had the X-1 in my system for an month now, couldn't be happier with the outcome.
(sounds fantastic and not a single issue, various dacs and cables, been solid as a rock)
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