Empirical Audio Off-Ramp 4 USB format converter Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Ayre Acoustics DX5 universal player; G4 Mac mini running OS X 10.5.8, iTunes 10.4.1, Pure Music 1.82; Logitech Transporter, dCS Debussy, Bricasti M1 DAC D/A converters; Halide S/PDIF Bridge USB-S/PDIF converter.
Preamplifier: Ayre Acoustics K-5xeMP.
Power Amplifiers: Classé CTM-600 monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Sonus Faber Amati Futura, TAD Compact Reference, Vivid B1, BBC LS3/5a.
Cables: Digital: Kimber Orchid AES/EBU. USB: AudioQuest Coffee. Interconnect (balanced): AudioQuest Wild. Speaker: AudioQuest Wild. AC: PS Audio Lab, manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Celestion Si 24" speaker stands, Target TT-5 equipment racks, Ayre Acoustics Myrtle Blocks; ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusor panels; Shunyata Research Dark Field cable elevators; PS Audio Power Plant 300 at 90Hz (preamp), Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II & PE-1, APC S-15 AC line conditioners (not power amps). AC power comes from two dedicated 20A circuits, each just 6' from the breaker box.—John Atkinson

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Empirical Audio
13852 Bishops Cap
Black Butte Ranch, OR 97759
(541) 595-1001
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VandyMan's picture
Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB

 

 

Very interesting review. I look forward to seeing a comparison to the Alpha USB. I thought it was too expensive for a USB converter ($1600), but it looks like a potential bargin compared to the Offramp 4. 

thestewman's picture
Logitech Transporter

 

Did I miss something in your article ?

"Up to this point I'd been using a generic USB cable with the Off-Ramp. I now substituted the expensive AudioQuest Coffee cable ($295/1.5m). If I heard a difference, it was very small, but if I had to swear on J. Gordon Holt's unwritten autobiography, I'd say that the AQ continued in the same direction the improvement I'd heard with the battery supply."

 "I spent the rest of that day trying to measure the differences between these two USB cables. It proved as frustrating as a snipe hunt, though I did find a very slight difference in jitter between the AudioQuest and generic cables with the Transporter: The generic USB cable was better."

 

The Transporter does not have a USB input. 

John Atkinson's picture
Re: Logitech Transporter

The comparisons were between the premium and generic USB cables feeding the Off-Ramp 4, which in turn fed the Transporter via AES/EBU.

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

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