|Originally posted by Iceman:|
Beware of the jitter-prone toslink interface! In the audiophile community, toslink is generally rated as the Crappiest Digital Interface On Earth. I understand that the complete electrical isolation of an optical interface seems a good thing, but in practice this has a relatively small influence on SQ. Jitter OTOH has not.
[This message has been edited by Iceman (edited 07-04-2001).]
|Here's a test you can try, if you're willing to spend a little time to learn how unlearned the "audiophile" community actually is. Using|
DAE on your cd burner, make a copy (I use EAC)bit for bit
of any audio cd. Make another from that copy and so on until
you've made about 20 copies (I did 25). Then have your significant other play back the original and the 25th generation thru your hifi without telling you which is which. If you can easily tell the difference then you can
reassure yourself that there's jitter in your signal chain.
When I did it I couldn't reliably identify the original from
the copy so I'm happy that my system has inaudible jitter (or that the whole thing is a bunch of smoke to sell expensive cables an DA/AD converters).
|It can't just be a "one time" error; once I record, if the timing is wrong than the bits cannot be laid down correctly.|