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posted 21 Mar 2012, 12:44 by John Kenny   [ updated 29 Mar 2012, 12:40 ]

March 2012

A ramble through digital audio transports See hereClick to enlarge image digitaltransports_1.jpg

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............How does the Audiophilleo compare to the JKSPDIF?  I get asked this question a lot.  I've tried them both with a wide array of budget DACs over many, many months.  There really isn't that much to separate them sonically.  I could happily live with either (in the long-term) but I distinctly preferred the JKSPDIF with the Metrum Octave - it seemed to bring out more elasticity and tame some of the glassiness. 

........... we both agreed that the Audiophilleo seemed to overcook the upper-mids on a couple of decoding boxes.  This anomaly was tamed with a digital attenuator.  The JKSPDIF MK3 seems to be kinder/gentler overall.  Perhaps it's the battery technology?
........... The Hiface's internal buffering means the JKSPDIF is not so great for YouTube or web video - the image and sound will run out of sync - but it offers better immunity to sonic glitches heard via the Audiophilleo during CPU spikes and music library (hard-drive) scans.

............ BUT...I don't use my Squeezebox because it sounds weak, thin and un-involving when compared directly to theJKSPDIF MK3.  Sigh.  As good as it is, cleaning up the SBT's jitter with an Audio-gd Digital Interface isn't quite as emotionally engaging as a MacMini pushing a JKSPDIF.  There's not much in it, but John Kenny's solution has the edge.