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I've also been looking at Schitt BitFrosts.
There's one on here without the USB and I'm pretty sure the USB is the least likely port for me to use because I'll be using an Apple TV with iTunes as my media server for most everything. I'm ripping all my old CDs to Apple Lossless as we speak.
Greatwhitebat, Apple TV converts 44.1kHz to 48kHz (native HD format) loosing sound quality on the conversion. Read this:
You have other options - one of them is Airport Express. It has horrible jitter artifacts if you use analog outputs but decent 258ps peak-peak jitter with Toslink out. This jitter would still be audible (it is audible above 50ps peak-peak), hence you need reclocker with it. Steve Nudgent highly recommends Sonos. Either way, I would buy reclocker (he makes one) because it is good thing to have, and would replace Apple TV, possibly with Sonos. Rate conversion can be done nicely (my Benchmark DAC1 does it) but Apple TV implementation produces loss of audio quality.
Greatwhitebat, Apple TV converts 44.1kHz to 48kHz (native HD format) loosing sound quality on the conversion. Read this...
This appears to only be the case when you are using airplay.
I the only time I use airplay is when someone else is at my house and I don't have the music they want to play in my home sharing library. On those occasions I really don't care enough to spend more than I would spend on any other single piece in this fairly low budget system on a re-clocking doowhacky. I'll read up more on this, but I feel like this is likely a non-issue for me.
A nice suggestion for sure. I kept looking at the irDAC and it's out of my range.
I am using the DACit in my 'polite listening' system between an Apple TV and a pair of NAD 214 amps vertically bi-amped to Kef C300 bookshelf speakers.
I stream exclusively through MOG, TBD what service I will use after MOG sunsets at the end of the month.
The DACit performs admirably. Certainly better, IMHO, than the only other similarly priced DAC I've tried, the Cambridge DACMagic.