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Offline dflee

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USB Vs Coaxial
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:05:24 AM »
If you could run either one from a source to dac, which and why?
Not interested in mega buck interconnects so this will be with inexpensive off the shelf type.


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Re: USB Vs Coaxial
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 02:14:19 PM »
If the DAC uses an asynchronous USB interface that one would be my choice. 

The DAC then controls all data timing with its low noise clocks.  Much lower jitter than S/PDIF coaxial interface.  Much higher jitter rejection from the computer side.  If the DAC is powered, then no problem with noise from the computer USB supply.

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Re: USB Vs Coaxial
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 09:22:03 AM »

Of course, there are crappy cheap DACs with asynch USB, in which case a good DAC with coax input can sound superior as long as the jitter is controlled with a reclocker gadget between the source and the DAC.

iFi iPurifier (original version is SPDIF, 60pS jitter - $110) 
Empirical Synchro-Mesh (20pS jitter - $600)

There are also USB decrapifiers (see other thread) to further clean up the USB signal, even for async USB DACs.

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Re: USB Vs Coaxial
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 11:12:53 AM »
If I'm running the coax out of my Arcam MCD, is it not using any jitter or reclock before going to the dac?
Would the Musical Fidelity M1 dac need any help?

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Re: USB Vs Coaxial
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2018, 10:56:44 AM »
Yes. The iFi is killer try it. If you have BNC call Pete at TWL and get a SPDIF with BNC oh my!!

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