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Motherboard SPDIF vs Topping D10 (or other USB bridge) SPDIF?

RayDunzl

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Great point Ron, one reason to do the conversion to escape the limiting factors of optical out.

My mobo has optical out and is how I route my audio to my ENOG2. But, because of my curiosity my D10 is on it's way and am hoping to find some kind of benefit by going PC > USB/D10 > SPDIF-COAX/ENOG2. I keep reading information on how the light transfer of optical can be unreliable without a very well manufactured cable (the 4million strands of glass optical cables that are available."
 

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I keep reading information on how the light transfer of optical can be unreliable without a very well manufactured cable (the 4million strands of glass optical cables that are available.
The optical cable used at home is plastic core multimode. I wouldn't worry too much unless you are trying to achieve or extend the maximum distance. I see 10 meters quoted.

Singlemode Glass fiber is used for distance (60 miles or more is possible before amplification and dispersion correction or regeneration) with the appropriate transmitters and receivers.
 

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Ray you mentioned you have the signstek in another post that I read. Is it feeding into your DAC? and have you found any difference?

Part of me is wondering if it is either a matter of spending on either the singstek low cost converter or just pay the sum and anty up for the audiophilleo. No in-between.
 

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I didn't notice a digital defect via in-room measurements. It was carrying test signals from REW to the system, at 44.1 and 48kHz..

However, the signstek has problems with its analog output at 48kHz sample rate. I didn't use it for that, but tried it just to see.

It's been replaced by a D10 (for no particular reason).
 

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Believe it or not I use this with my work desktop to add optical out, and it actually works great. I'm gonna have to snag a D10 next time there's a drop though because this cheapy adapter has a limited number of sampling rate and bit depth settings and well, the D10 just looks good. Might as well add it to my collection since I already have D50... I swear if Topping makes a black painted balanced DAC on the level of D50 or better that's such an instabuy for me. They need to do this.
 
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there are many USB to S/PDIF device you could choose from but I tried looking for HDMI to S/PDIF and this SMSL SH-1 seems the offer best performance for the price. Any better suggestions, for HDMI to S/PDIF?
 
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