OK. The Stellar is in the system. For now, I would say that it sounds like “I’m breaking it in”. So I won’t opine as to its SQ until I put enough hours on it. I’ll have to go to the mondo thread and see what people have been feeling is a suitable break-in period.
I will say that the chain I was building does work.
Turntable => Stellar => RCA => Audio In NPC => I2S => DirectStream => AR Ref 75.
Turntable => Stellar => RCA => Audio In NPC => USB => Surface Book (Vinyl Studio).
The recording level is decidedly lower than the TT => NPC direct puts out. I increased it some but the input levels in Vinyl Studio are fairly low.
But it does work, I can listen on this chain and record at the same time.
One problem I’m having that I didn’t have before I changed things around is when I start Vinyl Studio it doesn’t recognize the PS Audio Line In input. I keep having to unplug/re-plug to get the device to be present. This wasn’t happening on the turntable direct in to NPC setup I had before. And note: this is not a Vinyl Studio problem, Windows doesn’t have the device until I fiddle with the USB cable a few times.
I’m not going to post files until I feel the Stellar is broken in. But the primary question of whether you can use the Stellar to feed the analog in on NPC to record and playback is confirmed, it works.