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I have the Airmotiv 5's and currently have them connected directly to my computer using a $3 3.5mm to RCA adapter. I'm looking at either the Emotiva XDA-2 DAC or possibly the UMC-200 7.1 prepro so I can also use it as an HDMI+Audio switcher for several computers I have in my computer room. Emotiva has a couple more DACs/Processors coming down the pike that will probably have both analog and digital inputs, namely the Stealth DC-1 and Executive Pre-1. These two will be half-rack, 2U boxes instead of a full-rack box.
I'm getting absolutely NO background hum/noise on the Airmotiv 5's using the built-in Realtek ALC-889 chipset with an analog connection.
I'd consider the Emotiva XDA-2 because there are very few, if any, DACs in the $400 range that use the C-Media 6631 USB chipset that can stream 24/192 via USB. The only real negative is the lack of analog input on the XDA-2 for tape decks, turntables, etc.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
JBL L7 (Sur), EoSone RSR 350 (RH).
PC 2.1 setup. Emotiva Stealth 6, SVS SB16-Ultra sub, Emotiva DC-1 DAC.