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You guys will pardon my ignorance here, but I bought a squeeze/Duet, connected it to a DAC, hung a USB drive full of files off my PLEX box years ago and basically stopped there in my computer/audio marriage. I see there are a ton of milestones I have missed and I apologize for my ignorance in advance. However, as I apologize, I have a request you all may be able to help me with. I do volunteer work with disabled folks who are unable to navigate the insane regulations/laws/entanglements that come with being disabled in the USA. Some of my clients become lifelong friends. This request is for one of those. He has ALS. By the time I become an expert enough by reading here, it will be too late for him to benefit. He spends a ton of time in bed now and is unable to use his main system any longer. Last year, I took a CD changer transport and hooked it to an Emotiva DAC, hacked the remotes so he could use them with a pencil. He has a 100-CD changer and caretakers that are...shall we say, "less than able to effectively swap out the CD's without damaging them." (You would not believe some of the situations he has been forced to deal with by refusing the typical nursing home admission.) Anyway, he has the Emotiva DAC plugged into a Rotel amp that powers a set of old LS35a's and a powered sub.The sound is shockingly good. He wants more content to listen to. 100 CD's are not enough. He has a Linux machine he uses daily with a "Quad Joy" joystick. I copied my own music drive onto a fresh drive and installed it into his Linux machine. Using the USB into the Emotiva brought about awful results. Dead, lifeless YUCK! Compared to the CD changer, it was horrible. Can you lead me in the right direction as to why the fidelity into the USB input is SOOO lifeless? Is there a quick fix that will work with Linux?
After reading here for a few days, I have come to the conclusion that the Logitech is going to stay in my life. I am adding another 'real' system in the bedroom and have the need for something better than the sound card in the Lenovo. Buying a second Logitech makes sense in a hundred ways. For the portability and ease (Wife knows it, less cash...)it is less money than an adapter for one PC would cost. Only thing is...the direct outputs truly make me gag. There are so many out there for light money...I want to hear from someone who heard "XXXXX unit" and then bought "YYYYY unit" and it was better in xxx way or worse... I prefer honest and detailed to soft and smooth at the expense of missing info. There are four very good power supplies sitting here and I have made a bunch of direct DC battery solutions. Can you suggest a DAC you have used yourself or have heard that would mate well with the Logitech Duet or Touch for under $200?? I do not mind a direct-buy-from-China unit. Even a DIY board-only solution would be considered. The Sanskrit looks interesting, but I sure with I could hear the thing or hear a few direct comparisons. Or a common used unit...? Any unique ideas?? Off the beaten path stuff that was better than you thought it would be?