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How simple can an audio computer be?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CageyH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 2021 at 6:08pm
A sensible decision. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ash Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 2021 at 9:48pm
The JCAT USB card XE itch will be being scratched however. The Femto is about the same price range as a USBridge Signature and Digione Signature combo, without linear power supply. Even though one could say £650 is steep for a PSU, I'm still going with Graham's because I know it is a mature design. The JCAT XE doesn't benefit from a USB isolator like the Femto and the tolerances of the clock and regulators are much improved, as well as having automatic power supply selection. For a device of this quality to go into a Bitzie and both having superb regulated power, I can only imagine how glorious the analogue output will sound with MySphere 3.1 when the circuits have "burned in". This is much more exciting than the streamer ideas I have been going over for the last few months and I can compare it to the S/PDIF_0 from the motherboard. The difference between them is going to be very very significant, I think. I'm confident enough to take a blind leap of faith.

P.S I am interested to use one of the USB connections for the DAC of choice and the second USB for perhaps a USB 3.0 CD/DVD/Bluray drive. This could be a very high fidelity way for ripping/playing disc media.


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Lautus USB or S/PDIF>Majestic>Lautus-R3 TRS-XLR>2xProprius>MySphere 3.1
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lucabeer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2021 at 8:38pm
Originally posted by Ash Ash wrote:

P.S I am interested to use one of the USB connections for the DAC of choice and the second USB for perhaps a USB 3.0 CD/DVD/Bluray drive. This could be a very high fidelity way for ripping/playing disc media.


Just a minor precisation: no need for USB 3.0 for audio. 2.0 is plenty. My Oppo BDP-105D (CD/DVD/Bluray/SACD and DAC) is permanently connected to a 2.0 USB, and it works even for high resolution 24/96 files.


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I'm going to go back to my Hystou mini-PC for a while. I have an idea to use a mini-PC as an audio computer rather than a ATX or mini-ITX motherboard, where the costs of all the parts add up to quite a lot and it offers much more features than I need.

Looks like I could use the mini-PCIe interface with a converter board to plug in a 1x PCIe USB card. I'd like to try it and perhaps look at some more single board computers that can run both Windows and Linux.
Lautus USB or S/PDIF>Majestic>Lautus-R3 TRS-XLR>2xProprius>MySphere 3.1
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