I’ll say it up front .. Schiit Audio’s $179 USB-SPDIF converter is the best bang-for-the-buck audio component I’ve come across. In fact, I would say the same if it were 3 times the price. If you’re in need of a device such as this, don’t hesitate to order one. They offer a 15 day return policy (15% re-stocking fee) if you don’t like it. Find it here: Schiit Eitr.
From their FAQ:
Eitr does three things:
- It offers electromagnetic and electrostatic isolation from the USB source via a unique transformer-coupling method. This, we’ve found, is superior to optocouplers, which are inherently high-jitter devices.
- It eliminates any connection between the USB power and ground and system power—Eitr’s low-noise and reclocking sections are completely self-powered.
- It provides much higher quality, independent crystal-based clocks for the USB input and SPDIF output, operating at both 44.1 and 48kHz multiples.
Piano trio fans may want to give this album a listen. You can read a nice little review on Jazz Weekly.
Another great release (05/14/2018) from Mr. Reynolds. Recorded in one day, some tracks before a live studio audience .. I’m a fan.
Find it on Bandcamp and other services.
On May 8th Radsone delivered their 6th firmware update adding DFU support for macOS users (among other features). A welcome update indeed. Previous firmware updates were available only through a Windows PC.
The update instructions were not difficult, just a bit confusing. The update is run in Terminal and when I got stuck I emailed Radsone support for help. They got back to me with the solution a few hours later.
Thank you Radsone!
You can find the download at EarStudio by Radsone
Less than a year after the release of Joey. Monk. Live! the 14 year old prodigy has released another fantastic album. On Eclipse he shows tremendous maturity as a pianist, composer, and bandleader. Joshua Redman joins the fun with a guest appearance. Highly recommended.
Here’s one for you piano trio fans. Recorded live in 1999 at Steamers in Los Angeles.
An interesting set of standards/ballads from the talented guitarist on this 2009 Criss Cross release. Pour yourself (and perhaps your significant other) a cocktail and enjoy the mood.