I"ve run into the same problem after adding an Apple TV (which only outputs toslink) to my 2-channel setup. Would be curious to know what others recommend.
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Since nobody responded It is very hard for me to resolve the difference between the W4S DAC-2 with an Audiophilleo 2 for USB on the W4S and the QB-9. The Audiophilleo 2 was a minor upgrade over the stock USB. Both of the W4S and the Qb-9 are coming out in revised forms with DSD and other improvements.
I suggest you call Neutrik and see if they can help you with your Ayre QB-8 DAC connectivity requirements. I did and they helped me go from a XLR 110 ohm to a BNC 75 ohm connection (Ayre CD player to DAC). Their device worked perfectly.
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