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In Reply to: RE: Qobuz Sublime posted by PAR on May 15, 2017 at 05:53:53
Thanks once again for your very in depth reply Par. There is a USB port but this is labelled BT100. I'm not sure if this means it's only for a BT100?
The WXC-50 seems the way forward unless I can plug a laptop directly into the USB BT100 port.
Looking at the user manual it appears that a true USB input is available on your amps' sister the CXA 80. I think that the one on the 60 may use a USB connector but may not conform to the USB standard. This despite Cambridge's use of the USB logo on the chassis which should not be there if the input does not conform to the USB plug 'n play protocol.
I suspect that plugging in the USB output from a laptop won't work but there is no harm in trying a suck it and see experiment.
Do you know how to configure your laptop to send sound to the DAC via the USB port? Is your laptop a Mac or PC?
No the Yamaha isn't the only way forward as you can use a converter as I have pointed out. However the Yamaha has advantages like no laptop cooling fan noise.
NB: As much of our recent dialogue relates specifically to your setup and may not be of any interest to other inmates ( evidenced by little input from them), did you know that you can contact me directly rather than via this thread? Just click on my moniker in my postings and that will give you an option to email me.
The WXC-50 has a dac built-in capable of decoding dsd 2.8/5.6MHz & PCM 192kHz
It's USB input only accept storage devices, and it is not meant to accept USB data from PCs. But this thing can stream 2xdsd files from your storage devices, so it is not an issue.
It does have a switchable fan built in.
Default is ON.
Can only be switched off via MusicCast Controller App on smartphones/tablets.
Sound quality is quite good though.
Dynamic and clear. Soundstaging can be quite spacious.
Couple of Recommendations:
- Default setting is [Bookshelf Speaker] Mode.
Need to set it to [Floorstand Speaker] Mode to bypass the High-Pass Filter to sound its best.
- Make sure you check AC polarity.
All-in-all, this thing is dirt cheap. But perform very well against more expensive competitors.
Compared to the Auralic Altair (nearly 6 times the price of WXC-50), the WXC-50 sounds way way better, more dynamic and opened.
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