- Feb 20, 2022
If I understand correctly, to use the OPTO-DX you removed USB from the equation- might very well be worth trying the Taiko USB card, and try the SRC-DX instead. So it would look like this:
Extreme > Taiko USB > SRC-DX (USB to dual BNC) > Dave
Hey jelt2350 and nenon,Adding an SRC.DX might be your best choice with the Chord DAVE.
thanks so much for your thoughtful replies - I was a bit too casual in my description and totally forgot to mention I do have a SRX.DX (out of sight, out of mind!). I also use AudioWise's DC.BLOCK BNC filters.
The only issue is it does not work for streaming Tidal, Qobuz, etc.
So my Extreme > DAC chain is:
Taiko USB card + driver > iFi Gemini USB cable (dual headed so I currently feed power from an Uptone UltraCap LPS 1.2) > SRC.DX > dual Oyaide 510 silver BNCs > (OPTO.DX tx+Uptone UltraCap LPS 1.2) > (OPTO.DX tx+Uptone UltraCap LPS 1.2) > dual Oyaide 510 silver BNCs > DC.BLOCK > DAVE dual BNC inputs.
I'll do the experiment of eliminating the OPTO.DX over Christmas when I have time to prepare and get hold of a longer USB cable (and then experiment with Extreme USB power source vs Uptone UltraCap). I'm curious about it as OPTO.DX appears on AudioWise's 'high end' system diagram signal chain after the SRC.DX. But I want to hear the Extreme with & without it.
Any thoughts on whether I should go for a longer USB cable or longer BNC cable when making up the cable run distance that the OPTO.DX currently occupies?
I have heard the benefit of using the correct Taiko USB driver, so the SRC.DX is staying put!To get the best out of the Taiko Extreme, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of the Taiko USB driver.
@nenon, you sold me your DC4 / ARC, so I will definitely look out for the new board.Also, if you use a Sean Jacobs DC4 for your DAVE, Sean is about to release a new (inexpensive) board for the DAVE that everyone seems to love so far.
I used to use HQPlayer to upsample non-PGGB streams / files, but post-Extreme I haven't yet used HQPlayer on the Extreme and to be honest I haven't missed it on even red-book content. A proper critical listening session assessing PGGB vs different sample rate files is yet another experiment on my to-do list!The only issue is it does not work for streaming Tidal, Qobuz, etc.
Its the hobby that keeps on giving...thanks again for your replies, both.