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HRT Music Streamer HD USB Digital-to-Analog Converter

Price: $499.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Full-sized XLR (4.5V) and RCA (2.25V) outputs
  • Compatible with any audio system
  • USB-powered
  • 44k1, 48k, 88k2, 96k, 176k4 & 192k
  • The perfect topology for ultra high resolution digital-to-analog conversion
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  • Model: 347

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 2.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00B4YBX1G
  • Item model number: 347
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,984 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at January 22, 2013

Product Description

The Music Streamer HD is an ultra high performance digital to analog converter (DAC) that connects a computer, tablet, smartphone or any compliant host and the analog inputs (balanced or unbalanced) of an audio system.USB connected and powered, the Music Streamer HD is simple to use and provides a level of performance that is unsurpassed at any price point. The Music Streamer HD approaches near theoretical limits for resolution and will astonish even the most demanding listener. With its high performance asynchronous USB transceiver, differential current mode conversion and a fully differential signal path, Music Streamer HD provides the perfect topology for ultra high resolution digital to analog conversion. All power requirements for the Music Streamer HD are supplied from the host, operation is simple, just plug into any available USB port and in a matter of seconds, you will be ready to experience a level of sound that will delight all. With its jitter free interface, the Music Streamer HD will transform your computer into a better than CD quality source. Utilizing native Audio Class 1.0 or 2.0 drivers (available in all modern PC, Mac & Linux computers), simply select the appropriate audio class via the Music Streamer HD's front panel switch, connect it to your computer via the included USB cable, connect the audio outputs to your audio system (RCA or XLR) and then select the Music Streamer HD as the audio destination on your computer. You are now ready to experience sound at its best. LED indicators show the current sample rate (44k1, 48k, 88k2, 96k, 176k4 & 192k), the bit depth (16 or 24) as well as the state of the mute circuit, so you will always know at a glance your system's operating mode. High Resolution Technologies' UpStream utility allows the Music Streamer HD's firmware to be updated right from the computer's desktop in a matter of seconds.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R Boyd on November 12, 2013
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I recently purchased the HRT Music Streamer HD and own the Music Streamer II. A self confessed audiophile with a penchant for listening, this unit surprised me with it's musicality, detail, and nuance (right out of the box). I have owned some of the best equipment produced in the world and suggest that this DAC at its price point is an incredible bargain. I am one that ranks good vinyl the pinnacle of great reproduced sound and have owned a highly acclaimed CD player that made me less of a vinyl-phobe. This HRT Music Streamer HD brings computer audio in to the pantheon of hi-end sacred cows and belongs. I always though that hi-end did not need to cost upwards toward what many pay for vehicles and in some cases homes. It is quite thrilling to find a product that plays at the highest levels for a fraction of the going rate. Do note that I use this unit with the AQVOX low noise USB linear power supply with stunning results.

Nice job HRT! And it is a great leap from my Music Streamer II.

Thank you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Morgan on March 15, 2013
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I purchased this to provide me with a connection from my laptop running Media Monkey to my stereo. I have 80% of my music in Apple Lossless, A couple hundred high resolution FLAC and the rest Itunes. I am running Windows 7. I send the signal to the HRT Streamer HD in WASAPI mode with the volume control on the laptop at 100%. The sound is set to 24 bit 44 khz for now and the quality of the sound matches that of my Arcam 93T CD player. The CD player and the Streamer HD feed an integrated amp with Ice modules and full range floor standing speakers. When you set this up there is a very small switch on the front panel you need to set to position 1 if you are using Windows 7. Windows 7 supports a USB audio device standard known as version 1. This is what the 1 position of the switch is for. Macs support USB audio device standard 2 which allows more freedom for ASIO output and if hooking the streamer up to a Mac I would suppose switch position 2 should be chosen. If using windows 7 you have to choose 1 output of bit depth and sampling freq from a list of approx 6 to 8 choices such as 16 bit 44 khz, 24 bit 44 khz, 24 bit 96 khz and so on. I mention this because the Streamer HD can support up to 24 bit 192 khz but if you are like me and have the majority of your music in 16 bit 44 khz you are forced to make a choice of having windows upsample most of your music or have your higher quality music downsampled to meet the majority of your music due to the limitations of the USB audio device standard on a Windows computer.

My evaluation of how the music sounds did not have any DSP addons enabled in the Media Monkey music player and I am currently using the RCA outs. I found the presentation to be smooth with no harshness.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tony estephan on May 28, 2013
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Great little piece of equipment, should have been a 5 star easy.
But how about some real company support. HRT are so stubborn as they won't release any windows drivers, to enable their customers to take advantage of the USB Class 2 (ie 24bit/192k), they are waiting for Microsoft to natively support USB class 2, Good luck with that.
May be windows 9 will, because the freshly released win8 doesn't.
Do we need to switch to a mac to take advantage of your DAC "HRT"?
Come on
UPDATE: the windows ASIO driver was finally released by HRT ( couple of months ago) , they informed me by email, the download and installation process was a breeze. And the great little piece is working to its full potential, and it's lovely.
So guess what, it gets 5 stars from me now.
I enjoy it a lot on my desktop running "JRiver" and attached to my "Bottlehead Crack" with "Speedball" driving a " Sennheiser 650" in my bedroom rig.
Great combination that's depriving from sleeping.
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