Originally Posted by Bullitt5094
I'm thinking professionals that have actually touched and auditioned something are a better source of information then those who just read specifications on the internet and decide they are false. But that's just me. Not saying the professionals are always right, but certainly actually using something gives a better basis for opinion than just reading about it. I also really don't think the majority of CDs are mixed on PCs. If you love your sound card, that cool. If this piece of equipment gets here and it preforms poorly, I'll send it back.
Do you also subscribe to the notion that expensive power cords can significantly improve the quality of your audio? Or that special rocks placed atop your CD player can reduce jitter? There are many of those so called professional reviewers that believe in that snake oil.
In the world of audio, you have to always be careful about claims. As I mentioned before, many many people were enamoured by the Sony PS1 with analogue outputs at the back (as opposed to the one with a dongle), claiming that it sounded better than mega thousand dollar CD players. When tested, the unit produced such a ridiculous amount of distortion that it wasn't that the device produced better sound, but that the distortion produced a less clear sound resulting in some people believing it to be a warmer more analogue sounding unit and thus proclaiming it to be better than very expensive devices.
I have nothing against USB dacs, but the point is, the claims made on the website don't hold true. It's fine to advertise your product as being XX compared to YY, but more clarity is needed when making the claim.
As for CDs mixed on PCs, I'm pretty sure a while back this was the case as was mentioned by many industry experts right here on AVS (back when more industry experts participated on these fora), whether that has changed or not I can't confirm since I am not in the industry.
Also, no need to get defensive about your purchase, nowhere did I state that I "love" soundcards. Merely that there is a lot of FUD about regarding them all based upon the state of soundcards some 20 years back. A lot has changed and yet the same claims are still bandied about as fact.