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In Reply to: RE: My computer only has USB, but my CDP has both coaxial and Toslink outputs. Questions... posted by willkayakforfood on May 29, 2012 at 18:02:07
I posted up a detailed, long term review of the Bifrost (including the difference I heard between USB and Toslink) over on HiOnHifi.com. It might help you to decide on whether to go with USB or optical.
I don't have an optical output on my laptop. Just USB. Therefore, I'll be unable to make a direct comparison--or choice--between the two.
As I also mentioned in my previous post, on my main system, I do have a choice between coaxial and optical. Most of what I've read seems to lean towards the coaxial, given this particular choice. Do you have an opinion on this?
Finally, just in case I do get curious about comparing the coaxial vs. optical outputs on my CDP, is there a particular Toslink cable you would recommend?
Get an HiFace.... convert that USB to SPDIF/COAX. You'll likely be able to use your rca-type SPDIF cable in other places. The USB cable is limiting. Kimber makes a nice, but not crazy priced SPDIF cable.
Borrow, or rent a decent USB cable later to compare to the converter, - if the USB cable directly to the Schiit sounds better, then you can sell the HiFace, (lots of people want them), and keep the USB cable.
Eliminate expensive cables.....
"In this land right now, some are insane and they're in charge. To hell with poverty, we'll get drunk on cheap wine."
I was doing preliminary research for taking the digital out from my TV (only has an optical connection), to a econo DAC, then to a Zvox speaker.
The top of the list - just based on gut reaction and price - was the DH Labs. The DAC on the list is the Peachtree DaciT
Since there is such a huge market of used cables, I always shop used first. However, used optical cables are a bit rare.
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