USB Meets its match - the Schiit Eitr (pronounced "Eater")

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by toddrhodes, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. RiCat

    RiCat Forum Resident

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    What are you using for the DAC? For not much more you can get a Modi Multibit. With it you get the USB upgrade and for the money a killer DAC. You have not filled out your profile. Please do this as it is one of the few requirements asked of forum users. An equipment list is most helpful when asking or replying in the forums. Thanks
     
  2. Joseph.McClure

    Joseph.McClure Forum Resident

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    They have some sort of issue with black components? I can't buy any silver components to the wife acceptance factor.
     
  3. aoxomoxoa

    aoxomoxoa God save the Village Green!

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    The **** eater?
     
  4. Piotter

    Piotter New Member

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    I use the built-in DAC of my Hegel H80. I'll fill in my profile!
     
  5. RiCat

    RiCat Forum Resident

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    Hegel is nice stuff. Have you tried connecting directly to the Hegel USB input? Looked at the M2 and they claim some stream processing to reduce jitter. It must get powered from the USB connection..just guessing. Seems like you are using the M2 to go from USB to Coax? This will let you play all streams to 192. If you are using Coax then I do not think making a change will give you much if any upgrade. The relevant issue is jitter. This is very low across Coax and the M2 seems to deal with it by it's specs. I added a Gumby as an external to the Bluesound Node2 DAC. I think it made a worthwhile improvement to the sound. As always if there is an upgrade made by changing gear you need to have the rest of the gear and room at a level that will let you hear the change. Schiit does offer a reasonable trial/return policy so you may consider that also.
     
  6. Ghostworld

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  7. Piotter

    Piotter New Member

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    As my Mac and Hegel are 10 meters apart I found a 10 meter Corning USB optical cable as a solution to bridge this distance. As a consequence the other end of the cable doesn't offer the M2 enough power to be recognized by my Mac, so I have added a powered USB to connect the M2. Yes I bought the M2 to change to coax. So in your opinion there's not much more to win in SQ?
     
  8. billnunan

    billnunan Forum Resident

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    I put the Eitr in my system about 3 weeks ago:

    JRiver >Schiit Eitr> Schiit Gungnir > Schiit Moljnir2 > headphones HD-650, PSP4Mu 1, HiFiman 400i

    The Eitr added a huge improvement. Well worth it.
     
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  9. Time Is On My Side

    Time Is On My Side Forum Resident

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    I almost Schiit myself when I read that title.
     
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  10. Trashman

    Trashman Forum Resident

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    The product name is designed to make you smile.

    It's called it the Schiit Eitr grin.
     
  11. Bill

    Bill Senior Member

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    Yeah. No room for humor in consumer electronics.
    Very. Serious. Business.
    (Schiit-eating grin).
    Great company.
     
  12. wmb44

    wmb44 Forum Resident

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    I run a USB from my Mac mini to my Oppo 105, which I use as a DAC. Is the concept here that by running a USB from the computer to the Eitr and then a coaxial from the Eitr to the DAC that there will be an improvement in sound? Or, in my case, would the Eitr process the USB input better than the Oppo? I'm tempted to try it because it's relatively inexpensive but it's hard to see how an improvement could occur.
     
  13. billnunan

    billnunan Forum Resident

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    Yes, and, yes. Look for an improvement in the sound. The Eitr cleans up the USB signal.
     
  14. wmb44

    wmb44 Forum Resident

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    Thanks. I'm going to give it a try.
     
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  15. Piotter

    Piotter New Member

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    My question remains: Does the M2tech HiFace Two also clean the usb signal (or is it just a converter) and which of them does that better the M2 or the EITR?
     
  16. A while ago I in another thread I wrote the same about a music group calling themselves “Oingo Bongo”. Boy, I was heavily slapped for it.
     
  17. RiCat

    RiCat Forum Resident

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    When I looked at the M2 specs the company claims the unit actively improves the signal. Since it is USB it must be USB powered from what I can tell. The company claims it is more than an adapter. I hope the OP keeps us posted on the comparison.
     
  18. Kristofa

    Kristofa I dream of wires

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    I want to utilize the USB input on my Parasound integrated and am looking at streamers that have USB out. It doesn’t seem the Eitr is helpful here, since it changes it to coax, right? Would I need to find a Schiit product that takes a USB in then a USB 5th gen USB out to take advantage of the sound improvement being discussed?
     
  19. The Eitr won't be of any help for you in that setup. If you're looking at the Auralic Aries, it already does a good quality digital SPDIF out and digital USB out. No need to clean up the digital outputs with an external device when using the Aries.
     
  20. Kristofa

    Kristofa I dream of wires

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    Hehe, why yes, yes I am! :)
    Do you think this applies to the Aries Mini as well? It is the only Aries in my price range.
     
  21. I'm not sure if the Aries Mini does the same sort of digital clocking as the bigger Aries version. The Auralic products are confusing to figure out. If I was going to buy one I'd need to have a dealer explain them to me and explain how the big Aries is different than the Mini. The product literature from Auralic is confusing.
     

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