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What about the FOTM Uptone Regen or Schiit Wyrd?

I prefer the Schiit Wyrd over the UpTone Regen. But the Intona (Industrial Edition) is getting rave reviews from nearly everyone in the Audiophile community. I have been dying to test one out for myself but just have not had the chance yet. The general consensus at this point is that the Intona (Industrial Edition) is hands down the best USB isolator on the market at this point.
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While on the subject, I use a Gustard U12 when listening to music and an Audioquest Cinnamon Coax cable. It's a definite improvement over going straight from my sound card's optical out to my DAC. Noise floor went way down, treble seems slightly more linear, lower volume listening seems a bit less distorted.

I'll be pitting it up against the Breeze DU-U8 soon (the fully upgraded one). Not gonna bother buying any other interface after this one.

I assume you are talking about this Breeze DU-U8: http://www.roundtheclockmall.com/products/520991006222

If so, that seems quite interesting. I have never been a huge fan of conversion boxes in the past but every once in awhile I start thinking I should get one again.

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I assume you are talking about this Breeze DU-U8: http://www.roundtheclockmall.com/products/520991006222

If so, that seems quite interesting. I have never been a huge fan of conversion boxes in the past but every once in awhile I start thinking I should get one again.

- Insan1tyOne tongue.gif

That's the one although I can't tell if they offer the upgrades. I will get version 3 from here:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Breeze-audio-Best-pure-USB-decoder-XMOS-U8-DU-U8-DAC-Asynchronous-USB-coax-fiber-XMOS/331129_32499738639.html

Gonna miss my U12's screen though... unless I end up getting a DAC with one.
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That's the one although I can't tell if they offer the upgrades. I will get version 3 from here:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Breeze-audio-Best-pure-USB-decoder-XMOS-U8-DU-U8-DAC-Asynchronous-USB-coax-fiber-XMOS/331129_32499738639.html

Gonna miss my U12's screen though... unless I end up getting a DAC with one.

Interesting, I was actually just looking at the Melodius MX-U8 which is said to even surpass the Gustard U12 and the Breeze DU-U8. Maybe if I ever decide to get back into the conversion game this is what I will buy.

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Interesting, I was actually just looking at the Melodius MX-U8 which is said to even surpass the Gustard U12 and the Breeze DU-U8. Maybe if I ever decide to get back into the conversion game this is what I will buy.

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I was considering that one but then I saw comments on Head-Fi about the DU-U8 actually being better. That at least sold me on the idea that the two are very close, so I'll just go with the $100 one instead of the $250+ one. thumb.gif
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I was considering that one but then I saw comments on Head-Fi about the DU-U8 actually being better. That at least sold me on the idea that the two are very close, so I'll just go with the $100 one instead of the $250+ one. thumb.gif

Yes, I have seen comments going both ways as well. In that case the Breeze DU-U8 would actually be the way better way to go!

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Got a set of Edifier S730's a week or two ago, Do I really need a DAC? I stream anywhere from 192k-320k
Reason why I'm asking is this, does an External HQ DAC really improve the quality of the music?
Is it worth 100+ to buy a quality Usb DAC I mean I know its not going to sound like double tube mono's connected to some great loudspeakers but
I really want some validation/ justification before I drop 200$ or so on a Schiit modi or something similar.

A few years ago I inherited a pair of Jm focal diva utopia BE's and conrad johnson mono block powering both Now I'm not trying to replicate the output sound quality I just want to get close to it, Is it possible with a 1400$ budget?

for anyone interested in the setup i want to get close to its this.
(Don't mind the immature old me, was years ago.)

http://www.overclock.net/t/791401/getting-my-dads-old-home-audio-setup-now-with-pixLinky

Too lazy to post new pics because its all the same stuff from that post.
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Not so much "today", but recent, I've been out a while... Drove myself down to MO and picked up a pair of CV S-2s, 200SEs, and a CV CLS-15S (amp bypassed) to go with my existing E-312s and LS-6C from our own @Hoodcom. Also picked up another Amp and some 12AWG wire to go with the rest of the assembly.
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Stacker 945 for scale. And don't worry, they aren't using surround emulation, just speaker replication.



Feeling the bass has a whole different meaning when it's followed by "through the foundation of the house". tongue.gif

Funny thing is, I know what Hoodcom has. He wouldn't sell these to me unless he could kick their ass. He should probably join in.
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Not so much "today", but recent, I've been out a while... Drove myself down to MO and picked up a pair of CV S-2s, 200SEs, and a CV CLS-15S (amp bypassed) to go with my existing E-312s and LS-6C from our own @Hoodcom. Also picked up another Amp and some 12AWG wire to go with the rest of the assembly.
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Feeling the bass has a whole different meaning when it's followed by "through the foundation of the house". tongue.gif

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whistle.gif Talk about "feeling the music." Do you route your PC audio through these as well for a source or are you using some other source that isn't pictured?

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Not so much "today", but recent, I've been out a while... Drove myself down to MO and picked up a pair of CV S-2s, 200SEs, and a CV CLS-15S (amp bypassed) to go with my existing E-312s and LS-6C from our own @Hoodcom. Also picked up another Amp and some 12AWG wire to go with the rest of the assembly.
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Stacker 945 for scale. And don't worry, they aren't using surround emulation, just speaker replication.



Feeling the bass has a whole different meaning when it's followed by "through the foundation of the house". tongue.gif

Funny thing is, I know what Hoodcom has. He wouldn't sell these to me unless he could kick their ass. He should probably join in.

whistle.gif Talk about "feeling the music." Do you route your PC audio through these as well for a source or are you using some other source that isn't pictured?

- Insan1tyOne biggrin.gif

HDMI direct off of my main Fury. I've gotten into the habit of just using Google Play Music Desktop that I managed to do Speaker Fill (no idea how, it wont for other computers like my laptop) for the 320kbps streams.
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HDMI direct off of my main Fury. I've gotten into the habit of just using Google Play Music Desktop that I managed to do Speaker Fill (no idea how, it wont for other computers like my laptop) for the 320kbps streams.

Hmm that is actually an interesting idea that I have never considered before. I wonder what it would sound like if someone used the HDMI port on a GPU to go directly to a DAC as an HDMI I2S connection from their PC instead of using USB or Optical? That would be a really interesting test I think... I'm not sure I have ever heard of someone doing that before.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon E5 2637 V3 Asrock X99E-ITX/ac Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! 16GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline @ 2133mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Evo M.2 250GB WD Caviar Black 2TB Corsair H100i GTX Windows 10 Education Edition 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 34UM95-P ErgoDox EZ EVGA G1 1000W Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Sensei Steelseries 4HD Beyerdynamic T5p Headphones Schiit Mjolnir 2 Amp / Gungnir USB Gen. 2 DAC 
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