Jump to content

advancements in computer audio

Recommended Posts

Do you (users / manufactures) think that we will see many new advancements in computer audio? Software or Hardware? I know this is a VERY broad question but I'm always curious to know if we are at a 95% level or if you think we have a lot to go...b/c we are always searching for that last little bit.


W10 NUC i7 (Gen 10) > Roon (Audiolense FIR) > Motu UltraLite mk5 > (4) Hypex NCore NC502MP > JBL M2 Master Reference +4 subs


Watch my Podcast https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXMw_bZWBMtRWNJQfTJ38kA/videos

Link to comment

As far as significant advancements, these are the ones that I see happening in the next 5 years:


1) 24/192 capability with async USB

2) 24/192 capability with networked ethernet

3) multi-channel networked audio for SS and active crossover

4) digital volume control that does not affect resolution

5) better clocks and design techniques to reduce jitter to truly inaudible levels


Steve N.

Empirical Audio


Link to comment
  • 9 months later...

I am no audio engineer but feel there is not nearly enough demand for chip manufacturers to make a USB receiver chip that can pass a sample rate higher than 48 KHZ. I do not like the idea of up-sampling so a native signal will work yet if the USB receiver can't pass it, what is the use?


Powerbook G4 15 inch Aluminum, \"Fidela,\" M2tech EVO (BNC)with RF attenuator,dedicated PSU, Stereovox XV Ultra (BNC) Audio Note Dac Kit 2.1 Level B Signature Upgraded to 12AU7 tubes, ARC SP-16L Tube preamp , VAC PA100/100 Tube Amp), Vintage Tubes, Furutech ETP-80, (Alon 2 Mk2, (upgraded tweeters, Usher Woofers), Pangea Power cords, Omega Micro Active Planar PC. Signal Cable Silver Resolution ICs.

Link to comment

24/192 over USB (adaptive and async) will become much more common over the next few months, methinks.


There are a lot of smart people working on the problem, as well as some recent developments that will push things forward.






Locus Design Group[br]www.locus-design.com[br]www.cryo-parts.com[br]www.cryo-freeze.com

Link to comment

Well, since it is rumored that Gordon has a running prototype--that's a safe bet, indeed. ;-)


However, I know of at least two others that have running prototypes as well...






Locus Design Group[br]www.locus-design.com[br]www.cryo-parts.com[br]www.cryo-freeze.com

Link to comment

Maybe we'll get a music (or, more generally, media) library management system which is truly flexible, easy to use and powerful. It would be nice if a tool could be provided which allowed complex searches for content and other functionality such as:

    [*]Selection of a Genre (e.g. "World") brings up a secondary listing of all sub-genres related to World (e.g. Celtic, Middle East, Cajun, African, etc.)

    [*]On hearing a hot drummer on a jazz track, I can quickly look up all the side men on that track, find the drummer, find other tracks in my library he/she's played in, other albums, etc.

    [*]Booklets which are common with CD releases could be easily accessed and viewed.

      There are many other features which could enhance enjoyment of a media library that could be provided by this tool. Basically, I want all the information available when enjoying a CD, LP, DVD, whatever, only it would be all electronic. It would be great too if no additional effort (e.g. tagging) were required of the user. The tool would do all of it automatically. The TuneUp application from TuneUp Media is a good start. It analyzes your iTunes library, populates all tags and supplies cover art for your entire library.


Link to comment

I do know there is "something" being debuted at CES that will raise computer audio to another level. Maybe even up two levels :~) It's not going to be cheap, but the price won't be even close stratospheric. I've been told it's "the best sounding digital available" by a few people I respect very highly. I'll be flying out to listening to this and "something else" next week.


Sorry I can't release more info just yet. Expect articles about this stuff soon.


Founder of Audiophile Style | My Audio Systems AudiophileStyleStickerWhite2.0.png AudiophileStyleStickerWhite7.1.4.png

Link to comment

I love a speculative discussion like this. I think that there are a few products around that get things right from an interface standpoint already, and the soon to come Async USB at 24/192 will put USB on an equal footing with the best network and Firewire interfaces. My recent experience with Amarra tends to make me believe that playback software is an area where significant advances could be made. Amarra sounds good, but seems kind of buggy, and could offer additional features (memory playback anyone...). The fact that playback software has such an influence on sonic performance means that network interfaces (which need to run their own playback software internally) will need to have well designed playback engines to get the best sound.

Besides playback software, the other potential big area of change would be major label record companies making large parts of their catalogs available in high resolution PCM, one can dream...


SO/ROON/HQPe: DSD 512-Sonore opticalModuleDeluxe-Signature Rendu optical with Well Tempered Clock--DIY DSC-2 DAC with SC Pure Clock--DIY Purifi Amplifier-Focus Audio FS888 speakers-JL E 112 sub-Nordost Tyr USB, DIY EventHorizon AC cables, Iconoclast XLR & speaker cables, Synergistic Purple Fuses, Spacetime system clarifiers.  ISOAcoustics Oreas footers.                                                       

                                                                                           SONORE computer audio

Link to comment

"I love a speculative discussion like this."


As do I...


The funny thing is, looking above at a lot of the speculation, many of the ideas really are safe bets. Why? Because with a little effort and looking around, many of them can be found right now. As in today, December 24th, 2009.


Personally, I'm not at all sure that "The Next Big Thing" will be the answer. When you get down to it, the details matter in the final system performance. Not just audio, but most every system.


Link to comment


"The funny thing is, looking above at a lot of the speculation, many of the ideas really are safe bets. Why? Because with a little effort and looking around, many of them can be found right now."




Despite being on the Mac / Firewire bandwagon, I believe the next round of advances will be a combination of purpose-built Linux-based hardware (with small electronic footprint) communicating via optical (a la LightPeak) or Ethernet (probably wirelessly).


Perhaps there will be multiple, stripped-down (battery-powered??) Linux boxes connected (a la John Swenson) - albeit with proper isolation, this might be the basis of a 'one-box' solution, provided clever advances are made in eliminating the issues of electro-mechanical connections (Matan Arazi?).


FWIW, I believe that one-box solutions will make a significant comeback in 2010 (and beyond) for the reason that the current IKEA environment - this IS the Swedish word for 'kit', isn't it? :) - leaves too much to chance. Many will likely pay high margins to reduce the 'chance' element (never mind the actual effort) of (assembling) current computer audio playback chains, but will likely prefer to pay for it in the form of a product rather than as a service.


NOTE: Never before has audio playback seen so many unknown variables (which seem environment/system dependent) as in the (b)leading edge of computer audio playback, at last as far as I can tell.








Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...