The Well-Tempered Computer, an introduction to computer audio

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Auralic Aries

Auralic Aries $1599/€ 1499

Streaming audio player supporting PCM up to 384 kHz and DSD up to 5.6448 mHz.

Streaming: uPnP Qobuz WiMP Songcast AirPlay
FIle formats: AAC,  AIFF,  ALAC,  APE,  DIFF,  DSF,  FLAC,MP3,  OGG,  WAV,  WV  and  WMA
Sample rates: PCM in 44.1KHz – 384KHz at 16 ‐ 24bits, DSD 2.8224MHz and 5.6448MHz

RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet,
Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless
USB 2.0 High external HD

USB 2.0 High‐Speed for compatible USB DACs,

AURALiC Lightning DS App on iOS, Android, OS X and Wind
UPnP compatible control points

Clock: Dual 240fs  Femto Clocks
Power: 10uV  Low  Noise  external  PSU

Aries LE has the same specs but simpler clocking and PSU ($999)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bryston BUC-1 USB Converter

Bryston BUC-1 USB Converter $750

  • Native 24 bit resolution at sampling rates of up to 192 kHz
  • Asynchronous USB receiver
  • Controls master timing of the audio system
  • Outputs transformer coupled
  • Input sample rate indicators
  • Ultra low noise linear power regulation
  • 2.25” H x 5.63” W x 8” D
  • 57.15mm H x 142.88mm W x 203.2mm D

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Audiobyte Hydra X+ USB to SPDIF converter

Audiobyte Hydra X+ €699.00

- asynchronous operation
- DSD compatible
- Lithium Polymer nano , low noise battery technology
- 384k/24 bit on all outputs (optical could be limited to 96k)
- bitperfect operation
- Native on Linux, Mac
- Windows drivers available
- I2S/DSD output , LVDS compatible