i have the same player,what the heck does this thing do???? thks
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I use the assemblage model (same unit) and it has done wonders for my system. It not only reclocks the signal from my old sony es 5 disc player but changes its toslink out to a coaxial cable into my McCormack dac deluxe. It lowered the noise floor, decreased treble harshness, expanded the sound stage and made my digital source sound very close to vinyl. Some of this is due to reduced jitter and some due to the exchange of a good toslink for a better coaxial cable. I expect it will improve older transports and dacs that don't reclock the incoming signal. If you have a state of the art newer digital source that already does this you probably won't notice as much improvement as I have.
This device is a digital reclocker designed to reduce "jitter", which is a digital timing error, and a topic I don't know enough about to expound technically to anyone's benefit. It's an easy enough search to find more info (just search the forum archives for "jitter").
I used one of these units with a Bel Canto DAC 1.1 and Rega Planet 2000, and it improved the sound slightly but noticeably and favorably - quieter background, better dynamics, more detail. One drawback with using a jitter reducer like this is the need for an extra digital cable, which if you're using high-end digital cables, can be an additional expense of some note.
I ended up selling my ultra jitterbug when I moved up to a single-box player of higher performance (Rega Jupiter 2000).
The Ultra Jitterbug is only of use in conjunction with an outboard DAC, mainly for redbook audio (ie. cd-player digital output at 44.1khz) or with any device like a computer or DAT deck that outputs a 44.1khz or 48khz signal... it may also support one or two lower bitrates, but I don't know what those would be for. You can't pass SACD, AC-3, DTS, Dolby Digital, DVD-A or any such signals through it.
Hope that shines a little light, no pun intended. It's a good unit for use with the great variety of redbook-audio digital sources (CD) + outboard DACs that can be had for up to about $1k or so used (total for CD player + DAC). At $1k or so on upward, a nice single-box player will equal or outperform the lower cost CDP + lower cost DAC + jitterbug combo, and eliminate lots of cabling and their associated costs as well. That's my read on it.
You might also consider a used Genesis Digital Lens. This device was more sophisticated than the others mention above. They use phase locked loops to dejitter the incoming signal.
The Lens actually decomposed the incoming SPDIF data stream, discarded all subcode information (a useful jitter reduction technique by itself), buffered the audio data in local memory, and then clocked the data out the memory with a high precision local clock. The Lens then reassembled the data into a new SPDIF signal minus the subcode and output it to the DAC.
It also applied dither to the audio data to extend it to a user selectable 18 or 20 bits.
Don't waste your money, even on a low quality CD/Dac combo the improvements are noting to write home about and forget using it on a higher end CD/Dac combo. Iv'e tried on both and with the lower end combo it seem to give the higher freq. a cleaner sound but took a something away from the bottom end making for a non musical sound. For the higher end CD/Dac combo it was a disaster. I have tried the Sonic Frontiers and the Monarchy, both of which I sold weeks later. This is just the results with my system, however there are many that use and like them as mentioned above. I'm not trying to knock these units as they have sold many but I don't think they are the answer. A bit off topic but if your looking to do some upgrades that won't break the bank you may want to consider a few dedicated lines or look into room treatments as these two things will get you real improvements.