USB Audio and Computer Audio Mar 12, 2013 20:03:11 GMT -5
Post by upgrade on Mar 12, 2013 20:03:11 GMT -5
Finally, I'll probably be running a Toslink cable from the Mac to the DAC, since Apple TV has some limitations on output. However, the cable length may need to be around 15-20 feet. Does that pose a problem with the Toslink or USB cable?
There is no redundancy aspect with having an XDA-2. It merely adds a volume control but is not going to be like doubling up on preamps. Also, it has more inputs and is more versatile than the Bifrost.
And.. since it sounds like you need a USB input the Bifrost would actually cost you $50 more than the XDA-2 because Schiit charges an additional $100 to add the USB input.
I don't think you will hear much if any difference between the two so I would recommend the XDA-2. It will match the Emo gear footprint-wise, too.
Thanks, that's the response I was hoping for. Aesthetically, the XDA-2 wins, as it would be sitting with the XPA-200 and XSP-1. The price difference between the Schiit Bifrost and XDA is negligible, and the XDA has more flexibility. I'm sure the next step up Schiit (the Gungdir) is a great piece, but at $350 more than the XDA, I doubt I'd hear the difference. My current speakers are a set of Montior Audio Silver R-8.