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First multi-channel DSD playback solution with Mytek!

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16 hours ago, Chopin75 said:

Do u mind explaining how the USB hub that I presume is split into 3 separate channels?

That particularly ingenious method is no longer viable on PCs as described since, as I understand it, the Mytek ASIO driver for this is no longer available for the newer model DACs.  OTOH, it can be done with a Mac since MacOS will support the configuration of a virtual multichannel output device.  I reported on this in the context of multichannel MQA but the arrangement applies to any format.

https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-84-multichannel-mqa

https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-84-multichannel-mqa-multichannel-mqa-again

 

17 hours ago, Chopin75 said:

And is there some clocking issue even with 3 identical DACs? So word clock for all is really needed? 

Yes, it is necessary with the USB hub methods.

 

I do have another multichannel multiDAC solution up my sleeve and I am working on a report of it now.


Kal Rubinson

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Senior Contributing Editor, Stereophile

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12 minutes ago, Kal Rubinson said:

That particularly ingenious method is no longer viable on PCs as described since, as I understand it, the Mytek ASIO driver for this is no longer available for the newer model DACs.  OTOH, it can be done with a Mac since MacOS will support the configuration of a virtual multichannel output device.

ALSA on Linux can do that too. You still need the clock sync, of course.

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30 minutes ago, bmoura said:

Another option to play Multichannel files is to link multiple Playback Designs Stereo DACs with their USB-XIII.

http://www.playbackdesigns.com/#inline_content_Usbx3

Yes, indeed.  I reported on it here:  https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-86-playback-designs-audioquest

 


Kal Rubinson

Music in the Round

Senior Contributing Editor, Stereophile

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