Since my inquiry in a different thread was a bit of a hijacking from the original poster’s subject, I thought I should start a new thread.
I have gained some great insight from fellow forum friends, like Stevem2; especially the info about “Matrix Audio’s X-SPDIF 2.” Since it is an affordable piece of equipment, I plan on trying it for myself. I do not, however, have any experience with USB audio. My set up is: External HD>(USB)>Windows laptop>(Ethernet)>router>(Ethernet)>Bridge(2)>DSD(sr).
My questions are in regard to optimizing the server; in this case I do not wish to invest in a standalone server (e.g.: Aurender). I want to interface my laptop with the Matrix X-SPIDF 2 (then use Ethernet - I2S -from the Matrix to the DSD). I have read so many things about tweaking the computer (‘server’), such as adding a new sound card, adjusting settings ‘deep within’ the computer’s programming, and ‘other’ tweaks. From my very basic understanding . . . I don’t understand! If the computer is only passing data, do all of these “tweaks” really matter (i.e.: are they truly necessary)?
I’m not trying to start a debate on this subject, but I would appreciate some feedback on the different ways to setup a computer based USB server, including optional tweaks (with explanation as to why), from basic setup to ‘customized’ setup (“super-tweaked”).
Thanks . . . . Happy Holidays to everyone reading this!!