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Hi,

I'm on the market for a new music server and hesitate between the Aurender and Sooloos products.

 

Aurender has very nice prodicts but only their (very) high end models have SPDIF outputs.

 

My DAC only has a SPDIF input.

 

Does any of you use the X100 model with a USB to SPDIF convertor?

What convertor are you using and what is you experience?

 

Thanks

Yves

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Hi,

I'm on the market for a new music server and hesitate between the Aurender and Sooloos products.

 

Aurender has very nice prodicts but only their (very) high end models have SPDIF outputs.

 

My DAC only has a SPDIF input.

 

Does any of you use the X100 model with a USB to SPDIF convertor?

What convertor are you using and what is you experience?

 

Thanks

Yves

 

The iFi Micro iLink is one such product which converts USB to SPDIF.

Brian Walsh

Analog Expert / Showroom Manager

Music Direct

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Does any of you use the X100 model with a USB to SPDIF convertor?

What convertor are you using and what is you experience?

Yves

 

Hi Yves,

 

for historical reasons I still use an AR-T Legato1 USB/SPDIF converter connected to the aurender X100.

I also had a chance to listen to the Audiophilleo connected to my aurender.

 

Both converters are working perfectly on the X100 and are enabling excellent SQ on my system.

 

Today I would prefer Audiophilleo as it provides a broadband of formats and sampling rates.

mabe

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Wow, the Audiobyte Hydra Z looks really good.

Price is descent at 700€.

 

Any of you tried the Gustard U12 in combination with the X100?

 

Please keep the opinions and experiences coming!

 

Adding a USB-SPDIF convertor of course means more money to be spent on cables!

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for the record Audiobyte Hydra Z is better than audiophileo.

 

rather a bold statement !

can you provide some basis and clarify if you mean facilities (eg more output formats) or if you have some experiences comparing the sound qualities ?

it would be a neat unit at that price if it was indeed better musically than the Audiophilleo.

 

edit: and did you use Audiophilleo with or without Pure Power supply ?

Grimm Mu-1 > Mola Mola Makua/DAC > Luxman m900u > Vivid Audio Kaya 90

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rather a bold statement !

can you provide some basis and clarify if you mean facilities (eg more output formats) or if you have some experiences comparing the sound qualities ?

it would be a neat unit at that price if it was indeed better musically than the Audiophilleo.

 

edit: and did you use Audiophilleo with or without Pure Power supply ?

 

Used it without power supply as did with HydraZ.

 

Hydra Z has external power supply as well, but not used it.

Also you can built one or buy aftermarket one.

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And here is what Audiobyte Hydra Z is offering -spec side- :

 

"Hydra Z USB to Coaxial Bridge, with latest Femto Clock inside. With Audiobyte self developed isolatiing buffer, all USB signal will be isolated and re-buffer from the Hydra Z and send to the coaxial/AES output.

 

With Femto Clock inside and Word Clock OUT, you can be sure your DAC and HydraZ will be governed by the best clock and sync between each other under the best clock. for HDMI I2S output , you can output up to 24/384PCM and DSD128x DSD."

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