Linux into MSB Analog DAC Quad USB?

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ralpheburns

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Linux into MSB Analog DAC Quad USB?
« on: 14 May 2019, 09:00 pm »
Question: are there drivers available for or needed to run a Linux computer feeding the MSB Analog DAC USB?

I've had the MSB Analog DAC with the Quad Rate DSD USB module for a few years and am quite happy with it. My CAPS-Zuma music server with a SOtM USB card running JRiver has died, and the vendor is suggesting a Linux solution as a lower-noise, lower-latency upgrade over a Windows 10 computer. My music collection has various PCM / DSD file types and the old system accepted them all without re-sample (.dff, etc.).

New suggested computer: 
https://www.smallgreencomputer.com/collections/music-players/products/copy-of-premier-server-player-combo-sonictransporter-i5-ultrarendu-7v-linear-power-supply-combo?variant=12400215785506

My old computer. I can be repaired versus buying the new computer. MSB sends test files to test for "bit-perfect" and it always passed.
http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1114/Micro_Zuma_CAPS_v3_JPLAY_SOtMtX_USBexp_HDPLEX.htm

And the info from MSB:
http://www.msbtechnology.com/usbdrivers/

ricmon

Re: Linux into MSB Analog DAC Quad USB?
« Reply #1 on: 15 May 2019, 02:31 pm »
Your DAC should not need any special drivers to work with Linux. If you can do a little computer DIY you may consider buying a low cost PC and install the software yourself.   I'm a big fan of the Linux audio distro Daphile.  The documentation is't that great but it's got loads of features and you can have it loaded and up and running in as little as 15 minutes.

https://www.daphile.com/

Good luck!
Ric

ralpheburns

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Re: Linux into MSB Analog DAC Quad USB?
« Reply #2 on: 21 May 2019, 12:40 am »
FWIW, I ended up getting the ethernet in MSB v2 MQA Renderer and the Linux-based i7 SonicTransporter for Roon, so won't use the USB input anymore.