New XMOS (XU208) usb interface

Discussion in 'Digital: DACs, USB converters, decrapifiers' started by Aklegal, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Aklegal

    Aklegal Almost "Made"

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    I bought one of these and it arrived Monday. http://www.ebay.com/itm/111961717820?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    XMOS released a brand new chip and I believe this is the first offering that is usable out of the box.

    I have to say it is really good. It sounds like ass during the first 10 hours or so - really flashy and digital but loads of detail. After about 12 hours it really began to out do the Yggdrasil's Gen 3 usb. The thing that sticks out to me is the striking clarity, there isn't more of anything its just all clearer and more precise.

    I think its worth trying out especially for folks with Gumbys. This is the first usb converter I have used that I like better than the USB gen 3.

    I am building a box for it so after that is finished I may make it available for folks on here who want to try it out.
     
  2. GoodEnoughGear

    GoodEnoughGear Evil Dr. Shultz‎

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    Interesting, I believe there's been some buzz around this. Seems like it could help.
     
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    Smitty Too good for bad vodka - Friend

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    I'd be interested to see someone put together a version with more than just coax S/PDIF.
     
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    Try AES if possible.
     
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  5. Aklegal

    Aklegal Almost "Made"

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    I don't have the expertise to add AES. I am just building a small box to house the thing. The manufacturer is a Chinese company called Singxer. It seems they have a version that has AES output due to come out in May called the SU-1.
     
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    In terms of USB stability and performance, I had great experience with XMOS based DACs. How difficult DYI would be to tap i2s from this XU208 board and feed one of the Schiit multibit DACs?
     
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    I'm somewhat surprised there wasn't more of a discussion and follow-up about this new XMOS device. While I don't have one, I've heard from diverse sources (including a few I consider trustworthy), that this is a superb converter. Hope the original OP likes it. And, I be curious to learn more about his custom music server.
     
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    thegunner100 Hentai Master Chief

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    Impressions can be found in the USB Nervousa thread. We have a loaner going on for it right now actually. Right now we've been looking at non-usb solutions such as the Rednet or Lynx AES, rather than USB to SPDIF converters.
     
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    Singxer also has the SU-1, which uses the new board, has AES, BNC, and I2s over HDMI, and its own built in LPS. It is more pricey at around $400, though.
     
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    Luckbad Traded in a unicorn for a Corolla

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    The Singxer SU-1 is legit. If you have to use USB, it's the one I'd recommend.

    It's what I use at work.
     

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