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thanks for the suggestions, but i'm trying to figure out if the unit is at fault or whether its some setting or limitation of the computer or perhaps something else. One 'goner suggested it might have something to do with the computer's buffer not being turned on, though i haven't had a chance to check into this.
thanks again for any speculations. and if you need more details about the computer, just let me know and i'll try to provide them.
I ran into a similar problem when I went the server route. I don't know what computer you're using, but it could be this:
I purchased an Apple Mini. I also heard artifacts, or "distortion". Turns out, my EQ was turned on on the computer. Worse still, the preamp section was turned almost all the way up to +9db. WAY too much output. If this is the case, turn the output to "0" and turn the EQ off completely.
Well, now I've installed the Trends Audio 10.1 UD USB converter, in place of the no-name Chinese unit mentioned in my OP, and the computer is still generating the exact same pops and clicks. Could it be the buffer? BTW, the computer is a Dell Inspiron 8500 running Windows XP (2002 version).
The Trends may not be the "best equipment" either, but I don't think that is the issue, since it is reproducing the same problem that the prior USB converter was. And I've never heard anyone complain about the Trends causing this problem before.
For that matter, I've never found a post of anyone complaining about this particular issue with a USB converter, though I would not be surprised if they were out there.
In any case, I would surely appreciate your advice or other help.
Thanks as always.
BTW, the rest of the system is a set of Tekton Design single-driver speakers, Trends Audio amp, and Superpro DAC, which have always performed quite well together.