Moderator: Captain Ned
just brew it! wrote:If I had to guess, the low noise supplies probably use an "old school" analog regulator as the final (or only) stage to eliminate the inevitable transients from switching supplies. Inefficient, but at the low power levels we're talking about for USB devices not really an issue.
And they charge $50 because they can... it's a niche product. Probably about $5 worth of actual components.
IMO, this covers all you need. It might be a little bit out of your range, but IMO it's worth it. A powerful enough AMP to power anything you can throw at it (look at the power ratings), and the option for either an AK4490 DAC phase or their Multibit DAC phase. Which, btw, Schiit can modify if you get it and don't love it. Send it back and they upgrade/downgrade your device depending on a few criteria.
IMO the "Balanced DAC" (this is the AK4490 verison) is a great option for you. You get the flexibility in a single device to drive balanced headphones, single ended headphones, pre-amp out to powered speakers, USB/XLR input and a few more cool options. Take a peek.
Plus, the people at Schitt are just good people. Helpful, smart, and generally very nice.
I wish there was a true, objective testing site out there.
hkuspc40 wrote:Shiiit this stuff is expensive. Is there a big difference between a DAC and USB headset for gaming? I'm still running a Siberia v3 headset from years ago. Gonna be in the market to upgrade soon...
DragonDaddyBear wrote:I totally forgot about that site. That's a great idea! I saw an Emotiva XDA-2 on there. Other than it's huge, does anyone have specific thoughts on that? It's also a "multi-bit" DAC, but I think using a different chip than the Schiit. Also, anyone know if it will require drivers?
DragonDaddyBear wrote:I've read the implementation of the logic is as important as the components themselves. That said, all things equal, is there a significant difference between the chips?