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Hello.

 

I'm considering a Lynx Hilo that can be purchased with USB in or Thunderbolt in. Thunderbolt is interesting because it would provide me a simple way to daisy-chain two Hilos for an 8-channel system. But that could also be done using USB, although not as elegant a connection between Hilos.

 

My #1 concern is sound, though. Is a PCI Thunderbolt card a better option than a PCI USB card as an interface with a DAC? I do have a PPA USB card, which is of course "audio grade", while I'm not aware such an option is available in Thunderbolt.

 

Thanks!

Roon Server: general purpose Gigabyte GA-Z170X UD5, i5 6600, Crucial MX200 SSD, HyperX 1x16GB RAM, Win 10 Pro, convolving in Roon digital xo + DRC + upsampling. Output through ethernet.

Roon Client AudioPC: Uptone etherRegen (with LPS 1.2) into Intel S1200KPR, Xeon E3 1265lv2, Crucial V4 SSD for OS, 8GB ECC RAM, Streacom FC8 Evo case, lab linear PSU, Windows Server 2019, AudioPhil's Optimizer, Acourate (digital xo, room correction)

Rest of Chain: Lynx Hilo as 8-channel DAC, McIntosh MC275 MkIV for mids & treble, Hypex UcD400HG for midbass into DIY dipoles 18" midbass/2x8" mids/AMT tweeter, 2 DIY 12" Rythmik subs, Equi=Core 1800 balanced power, dedicated power lines, room treatments

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Thanks for the input. Your answer makes me wonder you might have understood I'm asking about TB for connection to storage. I am talking about streaming out through TB vs. USB.

Roon Server: general purpose Gigabyte GA-Z170X UD5, i5 6600, Crucial MX200 SSD, HyperX 1x16GB RAM, Win 10 Pro, convolving in Roon digital xo + DRC + upsampling. Output through ethernet.

Roon Client AudioPC: Uptone etherRegen (with LPS 1.2) into Intel S1200KPR, Xeon E3 1265lv2, Crucial V4 SSD for OS, 8GB ECC RAM, Streacom FC8 Evo case, lab linear PSU, Windows Server 2019, AudioPhil's Optimizer, Acourate (digital xo, room correction)

Rest of Chain: Lynx Hilo as 8-channel DAC, McIntosh MC275 MkIV for mids & treble, Hypex UcD400HG for midbass into DIY dipoles 18" midbass/2x8" mids/AMT tweeter, 2 DIY 12" Rythmik subs, Equi=Core 1800 balanced power, dedicated power lines, room treatments

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Thanks for the input. Your answer makes me wonder you might have understood I'm asking about TB for connection to storage. I am talking about streaming out through TB vs. USB.

 

Ah sorry... thunderbolt is generally a motherboard level option because it effectively extends the PCIe bus itself. Haven't heard the Lynx. Can you listen to both on a laptop? If you need multiple high bitrate channels TB should perform better.

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