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Stephen Scharf
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Halide Design S/PDIF Bridge article

The recent posting of the review of the Halide Design S/PDIF Bridge has a major omission in referring to DACs that support asynchronous USB. The article states: "However, only a very few products currently available—from Ayre Acoustics, dCS, and Wavelength Audio—have featured this mode, and these have used it as the front-end circuit for a full-function D/A processor".

The second generation HRT Music Streamers all support asynchronous USB, from the entry level Music Streamer II at $149 to the Music Streamer Pro at $499.

So, you *can* get a great DAC with asynchronous USB and not have to spend an arm and a leg to get it.

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Re: Asynchronous DACs
Stephen Scharf wrote:
The recent posting of the review of the Halide Design S/PDIF Bridge has a major omission in referring to DACs that support asynchronous USB.

Sorry to hear that.

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The second generation HRT Music Streamers all support asynchronous USB, from the entry level Music Streamer II at $149 to the Music Streamer Pro at $499.

At the time of writing this review (September 12, 2010), I had yet to get my hands on one of the new HRTs. Given that there are so many products for which it is incorrectly claimed that they operate USB in asynchronous mode, I felt it best to be cautious. We have a review of the HRT Streamer Pro in our February issue and can confirm that it does operate in asynchronous mode.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

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Re: Asynchronous DACs

I look forward to your review. I think you will fiind the Pro sounds quite good.

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