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Old 16th November 2011, 03:36 PM   #31
sfasf is offline sfasf  United Kingdom
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I have the PCM2706 (USB->I2S) and PCM1794A (I2S DAC) and am looking at options of what to do and have a question about a possible pairing of the PCM2706 with the playstation as a USB DAC.

Given a correct circuit for the PCM2706, would i be able to just connect the 4 I2S lines directly to the AK4309AVM (+remove original I2S connections) and use it otherwise as-is on the playstation? (for USB DAC only).
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Old 18th November 2011, 12:12 AM   #32
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I have made a new thread here asking about the PCM2706/7 circuit as it has rather outgrown the scope of this thread! Any help there appreciated.
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Old 22nd November 2011, 07:27 PM   #33
frasco is offline frasco  Finland
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I've just spent two hours researching low budget USB DAC's and the Behringer definitely seems like one of the best alternative out there.
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Old 7th December 2011, 10:51 AM   #34
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The FIIO D3 does really sound good--$28 on amazon. It works up to 192Khz @ 24 bit. I have tested it with up to 96/24 and it works fine.

It sounds better with an external regulated power supply; it comes with a cheap switching 5v wall wart. I got the 12V 3A pyramid regulated power supply off amazon for $28--the one that people rave about for use with the $300 or so V-DAC. Just use a voltage regulator like the LM7805 or the LM317T--along with the .33uF and .1uF input/output caps--to bring the voltage down to 5 volts. There is noticably more clarity, separation, less mudiness with this mod.

It has SPDIF input. My computer has a SPDIF output so it works great for me.. you can get a SPDIF to USB board or device and use it with it if needed.

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