skullguise Posted January 14, 2016 Report Share Posted January 14, 2016 (edited) I'm a bit loathe to post this, but I have had some interesting and positive experiences. There's a lot of buzz around about various USB tweaks to extract better sound from PC or Mac audio. It was cheap enough that I decided to jump into the fray. I started with a Uptone Audio Regen, and immediately heard sonic benefits. So I looked for various other devices, and ended up with an iFi iUSB 3.0 (used at work with my Chord Mojo), iFi iPurifier 2, Audioquest Jitterbug, and just tonight a previously-unknown-to-me product called the Intona USB Isolator. A lot of marketing BS floats about, along with some science, pseudo- or not. Everything I have tried so far, though, HAS had some improvement in at least some areas. Not all improved enough to enjoy....the iPurifier 2 did some nice things, but sucked some air and life from the music. I haven't yet really tried the Jitterbug enough to judge it fairly. But I have had such positive experiences with two products that I wanted to mention them: The Uptone Audio USB Regen, and the Intona USB Isolator. I believe the iFi iUSB 3.0 is doing good things at work, but hadn't tried the Mojo without it, so can't quantify. And I'm not in the mood to sit there and try things mix and match. Some people with a lot of time on their hands have been playing around with multiple devices, putting one before the other than switching sequence, etc. etc. I just want more simplified plug and mostly play. As of now, I have the Intona in my speaker system, and the USB Regen in my main headphone system. In each place, they make a nice difference in clarity and things like soundstage and imaging. More music just seems to come through. Thankfully not so expensive; range from ~$50 to $300. USB Regen was under $200, Intona USB Isolator $258 shipped from Germany. Both have made, IMO, much more improvement than perhaps any other component that costs that little. I've been reading about the USB Isolator's ability to work well with good basic USB cables, negating the need for the uber-expensive cables that don't make as much a difference. Just wondering if anyone has played around with these types of tweaks.....or cares Edited January 18, 2016 by skullguise 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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