Can anyone recommend a decent usb to SPIDIF converter that doesn’t cost the earth?
Previously using KEF LS50 active speakers (MK1) with an Innuos Zenith and Innuos USB re-clocker.
The KEFs are no longer working and I will shortly be receiving the MK2 version as a replacement.
Unfortunately the MK2 version does not have a USB input connection so require a USB to SPIDIF converter.
Innuos usually recommend the M2Tech Hiface 2 but apparently this is no longer available.
There’s Holo Audios RED. This is dual purpose-box. Apart from converting USB to SPDIF, I2S etc it can can also be used as a streamer. It is based around a Pi Compute Module 4 (not a complete Raspberry) and a very good power supply. So there is plenty of streamer software around.
I have only tried it as a streamer (with a Rockna DAC) and it was very good. Perhaps a bit expensive to just use for USB->SPDIF, around EUR 900.
This is how I’ll be listening to the KEFs initially, I just don’t like the idea of going without the Phoenix as it made a considerable difference, which is why I started looking at the usb/SPIDIF converters.
Amazon sell the Topping so I can always return if I notice any drop in sound quality.
A few years ago I used a Gustard U12 to very good effect between Mac Mini and Chord Hugo, it doing an excellent job blocking RF from the MM which otherwise had a detrimental effect on the DAC’s sound quality. @Richard.Dane was playing with one around then as well. At that time it cost something like £120, extremely good value for money an cheap enough for a punt.
I have both, the Topping D10s and the Gustard U12, going from my MM to the Chord Hugo1, personally I prefer the Topping D10s because the Gustard U12 sounds a bit soft to me, but it is also a good choice.
Actually, I am surprised that the Topping one exceeds my expectation.
In case you’re not aware, you can buy Topping from a UK distributor (assuming you are in the UK) with a 2 year guarantee. Probably can’t post a link on here, but Google will direct you. Topping also do a USB bridge, the U90. I’ve never used it though, and it’s more expensive than the D10 by a considerable margin.