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Asynchronous DAC

 

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USB is a popular format for audio interfaces now days, mostly because it's well supported; chances are, if you plug a USB audio device to your computer, it will automatically be detected and installed. This works well for CD quality music, but USB Audio mode 1 (the most common and well supported standard) is limited to 24 bits/ 96 kHz in theory. This is within the standard for USB, but requires a high quality DAC, cable, and USB interface. 

 

The most popular way to get around this is to use an Asynchronus DAC. This allows the DAC device to control audio, so it can buffer and time everything, virtually eliminating jitter.

 

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