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USB DAC Decision - What do YOU think?

I am about to pull the trigger on a new configuration for my home office to listen to lossless music from my Mac. I have decided on the Trends Audio 10.1 Amp and am down to either the Musiland MD-10 or the new Citypulse 2.03e USB DAC. Any suggestions?

Also, are there any efficient bookshelf speakers that anyone has been happy with? I am looking at the Orb Audio speakers as well as the small B&Ws. Since I am using this small amp, I don't think there are a ton of super-efficient bookshelf speakers out there.

Any guidance would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Erik

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Re: USB DAC Decision - What do YOU think?

I was under the impression that USB digital streaming was to be avoided...at least until the Benchmark USB recently came into being. I eagerly await JA to test it and tell us where the jitter spec falls.

Benchmark claims to have solved the issues of USB jitter and I have no reason to doubt them since they make one of the current rave DACs out there.

What some think is a low jitter specs is not what audiophiles or JA call low jitter. It is easier to write ad copy than do the science. I would have a tendency to trust the folks at BenchMark.

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Re: USB DAC Decision - What do YOU think?

The DAC-1 is a very good DAC for the money. You could spend five times the money and not get a better DAC.

There is a huge thread on the Benchmark DAC-1 over at HeadFi and two or more of their engineers are involved. Including Elias Gwinn, Electrical Engineer, Benchmark Media Systems, Inc.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?s=64fde23e6913390af8aa00dd8d580bfc&t=225363

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Re: USB DAC Decision - What do YOU think?

I'll try 6X and get better than OK? How did you arrive at the 5X figure? The formula is what?

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Re: USB DAC Decision - What do YOU think?

I checked them both out. The Citypulse says it supports 24bit 192khz digital file archives through USB 2.0. That's clearly a nice feature. Especially if you can get PCM files of the same nature into the DAC through that USB connection.

I went with a USB -> Toslink converter which then goes into a Bel Canto DAC2. PC Audio blows away any transport I have heard costing under $10,000 away.

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Re: USB DAC Decision - What do YOU think?

The USB variant of the DAC-1 was just reviewed by Pro Audio Review. They conclude that the USB input is as good in all respects as the other digital inputs. They do include various measurements along with the review.

I'm looking forward to learning what Mr. Atkinson finds upon his analysis of the unit.

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