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This one is worth mentioning ....... and it's on its way . Valab WM8741 24bit 192k USB DAC - Dual WM8741 $ 330 + $ 50 shipping http://www.ebay.com/itm/Valab-WM8741-24bit-192k-USB-DAC-Dual-WM8741-Balanced-XLR-Output-Silver-Face-/280907938626?pt=US_CD_Players_Recorders&hash=item41676afb42
I have the Schiit Bifrost and it is very good. Although I did not do "technical" type testing. I did compare it to my Benchmark USB DAC1 and it sounding about 80 to 90% as good. So as one poster noted, it can hold it's own.It is very neutral and very clean in it's presentation of the music. I don't use it as a USB device. I use it via Toslink.IMHO
What do you like about the Benchmark over the Bifrost? Thanks.
This is from the Enjoy the Music website of 2012 RMAF coverage, fourth picture down. AMR IDac/Pre/Class A headphone amp for $299.http://www.enjoythemusic.com/rmaf_2012/sunday/
Here's a slightly more complete report, and I mean slightly, from a London show.http://www.theaudiobeat.com/nas2012/nas2012_ifi.htm
Check this out at RMAF in Avatar Acoustics room. With hadphone amp and preamp, it is rumored to be less than $400 and the sound of a tube Dac. It is made by AMR audio.The iFi iDAC instantly transforms your computer audio into a 24bit/192kHz audiophile-grademusic source. 24bit/192kHz music has 6.5x more resolution than normal CD.ESS Sabre® Hyperstream® DAC, one of the most advanced DAC chips, is at the core of theiDAC allowing it to execute ‘Bit-Perfect’ High-Defi nition audio.Asynchronous USB transfer with ZeroJitter Lite® technology and an with an internal masterclock, lock out all jitter coming from the computer clock.Directdrive® technology get rids of the need for coupling capacitors, delivering a very highdamping factor with undistorted, uncoloured sound through all headphones.WHAT COMPUTER AUDIO HAS BEEN WAITING FORiDAC24/192KHz HD USB DACFor Mac OSX this equiment can be plugged in directly.For MS Windows, please install the driver software from the iFi website BEFORE connecting this equipment to the computer.Specifi cations• Compatible with High-Speed USB 2.0 (24Bit/192khz)• Input Voltage: AC 100 - 240V, 50/60Hz• Power (max.): 2.5W• Dimensions: 156(l) x 68(w) x 28(h) mm• Weight: 200g (0.5 lbs)
All current isolators are limited to 12MBPS or 2 Channels at 96KHz,
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