Author Archives: Melvin James

Schiit Audio Eitr

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:

  1. 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.
  2. It eliminates any connection between the USB power and ground and system power—Eitr’s low-noise and reclocking sections are completely self-powered.
  3. It provides much higher quality, independent crystal-based clocks for the USB input and SPDIF output, operating at both 44.1 and 48kHz multiples.

 

 

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EarStudio – another follow up

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

 

Joey Alexander

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.