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It dosen't have to lock the data rate to the PC

If the device simply requests data to keep it's buffer from running out it's clocking can be independent of the PC interface, USB, Ethernet, Firewire, or whatever.

The Squeezebox gets data in bursts, when needed, so it won't run out. It's happy to get that data at whatever rate the local Ethernet can manage (up to 100mb). There is no clocking between Squeezebox and computer.

It's the "audio mode usb" that requires a USB DAC to follow the data rate of the usb interface. Don't use audio mode and that clocking problem is solved. There's no reason a USB DAC couldn't work in a way simalar to the Squeezebox. The problem is it requires custom software on the computer to satisfy the devices requests.


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