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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:04 am 
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Hi fellow audio enthusiasts

I am currently running a STEINBURG UR22 as my DAC. I mainly bought it to do vinyl rips and it has been working out fine.

https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/d ... /ur22.html

My Main music source is my Laptop (foobar 2000 with FLAC) and I have always wondered if I would get better sound from a proper DAC. I have been looking into the ifi DAC 2 with a i Purifier, this fits my budget if I decide to pull the trigger. Is moving towards the if DAC 2 going to give me better sound worth the money or am I just throwing my money a way for a different piece of gear.

My current DIGITAL system is

Laptop>STEINBURG UR22> Promitheus TVC> Yamaha CR 1020 AMP> Spatial M3 Turbo S Open Baffle Speakers...........FLAC FILES



Any thoughts


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:02 am 
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That looks interesting. Do you need anything else to do vinyl rips?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:08 am 
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Albert wrote:
That looks interesting. Do you need anything else to do vinyl rips?


Just software and a computer of course, I use Adobe Audition


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:16 am 
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Hi
I recently switched my dac in one of my systems from Emotiva Stealth DC-1 dac to an Apogee Rosetta 200 audio interface. Prior to the Emotiva DC-1 ,I was using a Stax Talent dac an older early 90s , 20 bit/8 times oversampling processor,kind of rare instrument,the sound was relaxed,smooth and pleasant. The Emotiva was a one box solution with all kind of inputs/outputs you ever wanted including USB and with good sound and dynamics.
With future plans to convert my vinyl collection to digital files,I was given a suggestion to look for and buy the Apogee Rosetta 200.
I found one and I bought it used,then I got lucky to also find a still in the box heavily discounted Apogee FirewireX card for it in a local Long & Mc Quade pro audio shop.
The Rosetta 200 is an older design but absolutely fantastic in terms of sound quality,resolution,dynamics,the music comes out with more authority. Of course ,it's to be expected, the Apogee Rosetta 200 was a mastering studio grade AD/DA converter. I mean music we consumers buy on cds was probably produced on devices like Apogee Rosetta in studios around the world.

Yes,it was a little tricky to update the firmware on my Apogee Rosetta due to the fact that it needs to be done under an older Mac OS software,but in the end I managed to succeed in updating the firmware.
The Firewire interface on the Rosetta will be useful when I begin my vinyl rip .
In the main time to get DA conversion from the Apogee Rosetta ,I am using the XLR AES/EBU digital input. The conversion from USB to AES/EBU is getting done with the M2Tech Hiface EVO + EVO rechargeable battery power supply .
Other updates were Uptone audio USB regen and AQ jitterbugs in the USB ports of my Mac Mini server.

Regards
George


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