Michael Ritter and his associate [ I will get the name latter ] helped Pacific Micronics and Sony with HDCP as I recall. I can get more specifics because I know if I mistate, misspell, fart or burp you boys will be all over me.
I suggest you guys go to CES and take say 2-3 days and visit the audio rooms. Most are just bunk but there are some very worthwhile vendors to consider. No I do not own a unit in the sense of having installed in my system but I do have one brand new in a box ready to go for one of you highrollers
The M-Audio appears to be a splitter of sorts that would allow an instrument to go to both the main mixboard and sub board for recording using a digital connection. I am awaiting a reply from them it should be interesting.
As far as Berkeley rebadging a Lynx I cannot say. I do know that Berkeley suggest the LYNX audio card for home brew music servers. Did I say music server? Yes I did. To me this is the prime application of an outboard DAC imho.
In fact since you brought this up many companies manufacture off shore or use similar if not exact platforms. Audio Control [cut thier teeth in audio analyzers and 12V audio] and Arcam are the same surround processor preamp. Many amp companies use the the same modules especially in the Class D camp. Many speakers use ScanSpeak, SEAS, Focal drivers. Even the once might McIntosh rebadges some Denon and Escient products.
I wished you guys lived closer I would really love to bring a BAD to your home.
CDL lives close [withen an hour] so maybe he might be the test bed. He is a value oriented guy it appears [just follow his post in various forums here on AVS] and I think would say if it is better that the other DACs he has tried. Now if it is better one may still not want to pay for the price tag. If you look at my post this hobby is a N O T a linear format. I must say the Wilson Maxx III is better than my old Klipsch Cornwalls but not 25-30x better MSRP vs. MSRP.
Many of you have questioned CDL, RUR and myself [and others] about this or that. So now I ask you, ever listen to or install a Berkeley, EMM Labs, dCs, Esoteric, Apogee, Prism DAC? If not how can you say we [that have] are wrong? I am not saying your wrong and I'm trying my best to be polite and professional when it looks like some of you frankly just want to fight to show off your knowledge or what think is your superior intellect.
For me I just want to talk audio and learn as much as I can. I found the Berkeley to have a cost effective product to compare and compete against some of those I mentioned. Who knows I will be the first to admit if a $200 box is better. Trust me. In my HT I run Tannoy Pro install products with Audio Control electronics [if I move the demo system I might just go back to pro style amps, Face Audio - google them]. I listened to Tannoy and LapGruppen at a CEDIA 4 yrs ago and they run toe to toe [to me] with Genelec and JBL Synthesis for a third of the cost!
So if there is a better mousetrap I'm all for it. All I ask is do not insight riot and bully yourself around.