USB to simultaneous data or I2S converter, series 2

Audial USB interface second release. Now offered as both module and ready made device.

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USB to simultaneous data (or I2S) board

Audial quality USB interface. At one side it connects to PC via USB port, and on the other it outputs “raw” PCM signal, in simultaneous data or I2S form.

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Transformer coupling pros and cons (in a nutshell)

Purely sonically, transformer coupled output has more calm presentation, with more quiet background, and somewhat more precise soundstage. On the other hand, transformers can lack some definition at the most bottom end. Still, possible benefits and shortcomings depend also on the environment.

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Cermet potentiometers

Audial Model A uses cermet potentiometer as premium part. The reason is simple: cermet is sonically clearly superior to any other potentiometer type. Cermet potentiometers are still however relatively unknown, so more information follows.

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Model A volume control

Model A uses the low impedance shunt potentiometer. This article brings more details about this ultimate volume control.

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Asynchronous USB to simultaneous data converter board, interest check

Asynchronous USB Audio Class 2.0, galvanic isolation, two oscillators, and reclocked simultaneous data output. With U.FL output connectors it would be adequate companion to AYA II 2014 or DS board, and of course the great possibility to connect PC to Model S MkIII.

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AYA II DS, DIY edition

As announced a few months ago, we have another run of AYA II. This run, marked as DS, includes one update with respect to AYA II 2014: synchronous DEM clocking circuit is now more completely integrated, so it is not optional but integral part of this AYA II project.

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Model A, one year later: Power

The Model A shipped in 2015 can output up to 10 A current.

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Model S MkIII schedule

In addition to S/PDIF, MkIII version of this converter will also include direct PCM input, able to accept both commonly used I2S and TDA1541A specific simultaneous data protocol.

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Model A, one year later: Binding posts

Model A now sports copper plated copper binding posts. Here is why.

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