|Item Weight||7.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.1 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches|
|Item model number||350|
HRT Music Streamer II
- Completely isolated path between the computer and audio system
- Plug and play set-up and operation
- Full support for iTunes and Windows Media Player
- Full Scale output 2.25 Volts RMS
- Frequency Response (20 Hz/20kHz)0dB/-.4dB
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The Music Streamer II from HRT is a new design that takes off from the critically acclaimed original Music Streamer models for better sounding digital music than ever. Music Streamer II is a USB digital to analog convertor designed to provide a high performance bridge between a computer-based music library and a home entertainment or hi-fi system. Advantages of the Music Streamer II include 24 bit /96 kHz capabilities and asynchronous transfer mode operation with jitter performance that exceeds that of conventionally connected bi-phase (SPDIF, TOSLINK, AES/EBU) D to A convertors. As with all HRT products thus far, the Music Streamer II uses a proprietary on-board power supply which completely regenerates and isolates power for both digital and analog stages resulting in an absolutely lack of background noise, hiss, or hum. The Music Streamer II uses a TI PCM 1793 DAC supported by a sophisticated analog circuit that is optimized in terms of board layout to achieve unparalleled performance for a product at this price level. With its unique topology, the Music Streamer II provides a completely isolated path between the computer and audio system. Because there's no audio contamination by the computer, your music will always sound its best. Operation is simple. Just plug the Music Streamer II into any USB port on your computer and the Music Streamer II will install itself and be ready for use in a matter of moments. Connect the other end of the Music Streamer+ into any analog input and you are ready to stream high quality computer based music. The Music Streamer II provides full support for applications such as iTunes and Windows Media Player direct to your home entertainment system, with a level of quality never before possible. You can also use the Music Streamer II to listen to internet radio or other music subscription services such as Rhapsody, Napster, Pandora, Spotify, and many others in high quality through your home AV system or hi-fi.
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Setup is stupid simple. It is a good idea, if this will be your main audio output, to go into the sound settings in windows and disable any other sound output devices.
I was just using the Motherboard audio output with a mini plug to RCA adapter into the back of my inexpensive Onkyo stereo. The sound was pretty bad with noticeable noise in the line. I plugged in the Music Streamer II and the difference is incredible. I was able to audition my old setup with the Streamer II on different inputs of the Stereo Amp while playing the same music through each input simultaneously. This allowed me to switch between the two inputs and the difference is very pleasant and immediately noticeable. The noise floor is dramatically lower. There is much better detail and space in the music, with more detail in the whole dynamic range. It can play my 96khz/24bit files downloaded from HD Tracks! This is all running through a pretty inexpensive setup of a budget Onkyo amp and some Boston Acoustic bookshelf speakers! I think this (relatively) inexpensive USB DAC cost more than my amp! But I think it is definitely a worthwhile upgrade; I would argue it is an upgrade that you should do before you buy a new amp or speakers since you want a good clean source.
I haven't auditioned this against my HRT II+ on my hifi setup in my office. If I get around to doing that I can update this review.
Update, this DAC sounds the same as it did from day one out the box. It sounds great, every solid state device I have bought sounded the same over the last 35 years and there have been plenty until they failed. Every time you turn on any electronic device it is going to fail sooner or later. It is impossible to determine during the MTBF (mean time between failure) that there is going to be an improvement in sound , video, or whatever is going to improve for every single device manufactured. Rack burn in is to weed out early failures not to improve sound. Burn in is burn out sooner or later. A lot of people think they are GOLDEN EARS until put to double bind listening tests as I was. Burn in in tubes are real, speakers and headphones are real, solid state burn in is pure snake oil which has been proven to be false over and over and over.
The tech support over the phone was great -- I did have an issue where setting the Default Format of the device in Windows to 24 bit, 96000 Hz was causing some digital artifacts. Read the PDF for Windows Vista/7 online at the HRT website carefully for setup (you should be setting it to 24 bit, 44100 among other things). The MS II does support up to 96000 but I think there is some incompatibility between the Windows internal mixer and the device, so for playing files of higher than 24/44100 resolution you should use a program like J.River that can take exclusive control of the MS II.
In all, I'm very happy with the sound improvement even though I was skeptical to start with.
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