Originally Posted by Mike_WI
Waiting for the Emotiva DAC for one office system (setup with ERC-1, USP-1, UPA-2), but I decided to try this deal:http://www.nhthifi.com/nhtstore/PC-Hi-Fi
...and picked up a Music Streamer for $70 + shipping (MSRP $100).
The specs aren't as good as the MS+ ($199 with MSRP $299), but the MS should still be an upgrade from my corporate desktop headphone out jack setup now.
Full Scale output 2.25 Volts RMS
Frequency Response (20 Hz/20 kHz) -.3 dB / -1.8 dB
Noise Floor (DC to 30 kHz) 174 uV RMS
Noise Floor (A-weighted) 110 uV RMS
S/N Ratio (DC to 30 kHz) 82 dB
S/N Ratio (A-weighted) 86 dB
THD+N (1 kHz FS) 0.06%
USB to Audio output isolation > 20M OhmInterface:
Data Rate 48 kS/s
Bit Depth 16 bit
USB type 1.1
Power Requirements (USB buss) 250 mA
Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.1" x 2.1" x 1.2"
(also posted at TCA -- link
I bought the High Resolution Technologies (HRT) Music Streamer
(MS) (standard not "plus") on sale ($70 NHT) to try with one of my office setups with the Tweak City Audio (TCA) Gizmo.
I'm not sure if this is a v1.0 or 1.0M, but it might be a 1.0.
The bass sounded really muddy when I first hooked it up.
Per the Music Streamer instructions I set the computer volume in the "Control Panel" to maximum (I'm not sure if that does anything).
The speakers are pretty close to me, but I can only set the Gizmo volume on minimum (02).
I think it was overloading the TCA Gizmo
v1.0 (? vs. 1.0M ?) inputs.
The MS says the full scale output is 2.25 Volts RMS
Anyone else run this combo?
Today I set up the HRT MS DAC in my other office system.
I plugged it in and thought I heard more depth/detail in a song than I remember.
I then did some A/B testing with HRT MS DAC vs. laptop headphone audio out jack to RCA.
These were not SPL (of voltage) matched, and the DAC was slightly louder than the headphone outs.
However, I also tried increase the "B" headphone out volume above the "A" HRT MS DAC to give the "B" test a sonic edge (higher SPL are usually preferred if everything else is equal).
Both HRT MS DAC and headphone jack were going intothe USP-1.Office system:
Emotiva USP-1 pre-amp
Emotiva UPA-2 amp
(Emotiva ERC-1 CD player -- not used for this today)
TCA WAF-1 mini-monitors
Noticeable improvement in clarity and "a veil lifted" (
) type of experience with the HRT MS DAC.
I really didn't know what to expect since this is my first DAC, and it's $70, but I think it did noticably improve things.
It makes me excited to try the EMOTIVA DAC when it is available.