Ouch, my Windows XP dedicated music computer just died. Bad motherboard… Bad karma. Just picked up a refurbished computer and need to connect it to my DAC via a 15’ SPDIF cable. Unfortunately, I’m on a strict budget of about $100 - $200. It seems, I can either go with a USB cable to an SPDIF out external sound card (option 1) or use a USB to SPDIF converter. My old computer used the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound card with great success, but the card won‘t fit in the new computer. Would love your opinions on the “best sound” options within this tight budget.
1. M-Audio Audiophile USB External Sound Card (I believe comparable to my last system) http://www.platinum-records.com/M-AUDIO-AUDIOPHILE-USB-prod6938.htm
2. Pop Pulse PC Link II. http://www.cryo-parts.com/pclink.html
3. Trends Audio UD-10.1 USB Audio Converter http://news.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/10381/512507.html
4. Blue Circle Audio USB Thingee http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/blue_circle_usb_thingee.htm
5. Hagerman USB Converter http://www.hagtech.com/hagusb.html
SYSTEM: Dedicated Windows Vista music computer with an external USB 2.0 1TB HD > JRiver 12.0 software > (Signal SPDIF 15 ft cable) > Monarchy DIP > Cary 306 SACD 24/192 Upsampling DAC > McIntosh C-2200 tube preamp > Joule VZN-80 OTL amp. Your advice is very appreciated.
Hi, I use USB converter sold to me by Agon member Guitarplayer.I think it is excellent.Maybe Tascam is better, i haven't tried it,but this one is very good in my system. My motherboard also has S/P DIF digital out,but the sound is MUCH better with USB to Trends converter route.