i would expect that a person out there had a good listen to a new design that my ebay 4 year old cheap design can't do.how did you expect someone to answer your 'question'?
you mention an ebay 24bit dac that works 'quite well' almost every single dac on ebay will be 24bit, how exactly are we supposed to know which?, so that we may make a suggestion for one that works better than 'quite well' you dont mention a budget, dont mention what could be better, you dont mention what you are using the dac with, what functionality you need, what skill level you may have etc.. basically you dont mention anything... thats why youve got no answers and asking again wont help.
i would expect that a person out there had a good listen to a new design that my ebay 4 year old cheap design can't do.
there are about 27 different board designs alone on ebay as well as the twist pair opus design and any other ones i have not been aware of now.
i use a dac 24bit 192khz from ebay 4 years ago, from computer mp3 source to a counterpoint preamp. don't want usb just rca coaxial .
as far as budget goes it's like this if i find a better design that has higher end sound quality, i don't care what it costs. my only goal would be to go with a diy type for biggest bang for my buck .
Your biggest bang for buck would be to use music files at a higher resolution than .mp3 for a start. Seriously, if all you're listening to is mp3 then stick with what you have and save your money.
Which software are you using to rip your CD's?
Probably can't do much about the quality from the mp3va site. When you download does it give you the option to chose the quality/size of the .mp3 file?
OK, 320kb isn't the best but not certainly not the worst. It is claimed that some folks can't hear the difference between it and CD's ripped at lossless.
guys please understand i'm in over my head here.
when i play a cd through the computer using it's drive i mean, the fubar screen shows in the bottom left (pcm 1411kb). right from the get go the cd playback is better then mp3. is that possible?
he told me that most can't here any version as being better.
i can, if i play one track from cd and the same track from mp3 it's clear the cd wins.
with me at 50 years old and have been into audiophile reproduction of 2 channel stereo for 35 years now i fought digital untill the mid 2000's.
in no way a computer was going to be a audiophile device.
he suggested the stuff to buy and built it with my desire to have the best there is . windows xp service pack 3,pent 4 chip at 3.83 ghz, m audio revo 7.1 sound card. this card has a orange digital out. i run a 75ohm coaxial digital cable out to the dac.
i found a site called hdtracks. can i download one of these to try the quality?
i like audio gear that works now and the same every time i turn it on. i hate with a passion a computer that has to be messed with to get it to work.
attempting to get into the settings where ever they are to achieve the best output to me is not fun.
i see everywhere now usb listed dacs. why go usb?
also tonite i was fiddling around the foobar menu and where you can set the buffer and bit output. what should the buffer be set to and what bit rate 8 bit 16 bit 24 bit 32 bit?
mine now is set at 1100ms buffer and 16 bit.