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Konigsberg
post Sep 3 2012, 15:29
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I'm making a new computer and need a new USB DAC. Before, I didn't really care too much about audio and just use this Creative SoundBlaster Xi-Fi 60 dollar USB DAC. Any of you guys know a good USB DAC for a PC? I've looked at a lot of "top rated" lists supplied by several sites and they all seem to vary quite a bit (some of these lists dont even show the same company). My headphones are the HD650's and I use like 60-80 dollar Logitech speakers..

I don't really have a budget which is what also makes it harder to find a good one. since a lot of these "top 10/rated" lists also factor in cheapness. However, If it has insane bang for buck, I wouldn't mind. Right now, from what I've seen, I'm thinking of the Fiio e17.

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xnor
post Sep 4 2012, 19:03
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Yes it really depends on who writes the reviews. For example, they didn't mention the pops/clicks when you start or shutdown the computer. Or the audible noise floor at higher volumes.
The input is too sensitive cause it will clip above -3 dBu, other interface in a similar price range have headroom over +10 or even +15 dBu. (edit: The line in handles up to +20 dBu, so why's the instrument in so sensitive?)
Sure it's not bad for the price, but I've read in the comments of a review that even a tascam us-122l (released 2006) produces better measurements. Sadly I could not find measurements for that old unit.

To me measurements of a 24 bit interface are just average if its performance doesn't reach effectively 16 bits, regardless of how it 'sounds'.

It's a shame the saffire pro 14 only has firewire cause it's a great little interface.

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