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Old 11-12-2020, 06:39 PM
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I have not done an A/B comparison, but had good luck with both USB from a Mac Mini, and S/PDIF from a Naim Uniti Core. On a closely related note, I did compare various interconnects, and that made a dramatic difference in sound quality. I ended up with Nordost Blue Heaven. So for anyone comparing various inputs, I recommend comparing cables too.
Just to be clear: connecting any computer via USB directly to a DAC is not a good idea. Much better to use a network bridge, streamer or similar. Even the affordable Sonore microRendu v1.5 for $399 will provide a big improvement in audio quality.

The farther away computers with high-bandwidth CPUs and GPUs are from audio racks with analog amplification components and speaker cables, the better.
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Old 11-17-2020, 10:00 AM
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Just to be clear: connecting any computer via USB directly to a DAC is not a good idea. Much better to use a network bridge, streamer or similar. Even the affordable Sonore microRendu v1.5 for $399 will provide a big improvement in audio quality.

The farther away computers with high-bandwidth CPUs and GPUs are from audio racks with analog amplification components and speaker cables, the better.
Yes, I agree--my last post was not clear. My previous one was better. Thanks
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Yes, I agree--my last post was not clear. My previous one was better. Thanks
Cheers, Peter!
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