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.