Why isn’t digital audio “just ones and zeroes”?

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Connections. Between streamer and DAC we have choices: The ubiquity of consumer-grade PCs and SBCs has seen USB rise to the top of the popularity pile but network streamer manufacturers often add various combinations of the three S/PDIF outputs to broaden their device’s deployment possibilities: coaxial, AES/EBU or TOSLINK. (i2S makes only occasional appearances).

Over-simplistic thinking – and thinkers – tell us that all digital connections between streamer and DAC sound identical. That the bits comprising the digital audio signal are exactly that – bits – and that as long as they all arrive intact, a high-end audio streamer’s USB output, like that found on the Innuos Zenith MKII SE, will sound identical to that of a Raspberry Pi.… Read the full article