Involved with a company that is contemplating producing the following:
USB Audio Bridge to Professional "Master Grade"
I2S (MSB Standard)
Upgradeable Clock Chip (ships with sub-2 picosecond clock, upgradeable to a sub-1 picosecond clock)
Full 384kHz/32 bit Support
Fully independent PSU
Complete Ground Isolation from source components
Universal Support - Windows, OSX, Linux
This would allow extremely high-end 2-channel output to a 2-channel DAC. Perfect for the HTPC to provide multi-channel via HDMI, but also extreme audiophile quality via this digital output.
Looking at an MSRP of $3,000
If we decide to go forward, based on feedback on the net, will probably launch on Kickstarter (to raise manufacturing funds) for less.
What do you think?
(This will not be a consumer-grade piece, but a serious audiophile-level component. We are planning to show it next week with a major player at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver. PM for more information)