Gustard U12 USB Interface
Gustard U12 USB Interface
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If you're looking to take your DAC to the next level, the Gustard U12 is a killer product designed to do just that. Packed with independent linear power, this USB digital interface uses a 32Bit/384kHz eight-­core XMOS chip Read More

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Chatto
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Mar 12, 2019
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Ok, so I'm not very smart when it comes to computer sources stuff, as that's not my choice of input, but I have been doing my research on the Geshelli Enog 2 Pro DAC that I've just ordered. If, from what I can gather from what others have said, you want to run a USB input from something,into a DAC like the Geshelli for instance, which wants a toslink connection, then this is what you need to convert USB to fibre optic, and it does nothing but that. Please tell me if I'm wrong, but hopefully this will help some people who may be confused as to what this is.
Mar 12, 2019
Chatto
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Mar 13, 2019
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Yeah, thanks. It's not something that I need, because I run toslink, but because I'd been on forums about the Geshelli enog, I saw that this seemed to be what a lot of people were looking for in that use case. I wasn't sure, so thanks for the conformation, and I hope this helps some people who may be confused as to what this is.✌️
Mar 13, 2019
ElectronicVices
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Mar 13, 2019
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Toslink can have difficulty locking on to signals greater than 24bit/96kHz. Geshelli is listing 192kHz compatibility for all inputs (including optical) so you should be safe but personally I would go digital coax as an extra layer of precaution.
Mar 13, 2019
Jazzguitarfan
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Mar 12, 2019
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Would this help isolate a Benchmark DAC/AMP from computer noise, jitter etc from my Windows 10 PC? Is that thee purpose of a device like this? Currently using IFI cables and filter between the computer and DAC/AMP and sound could be better methinks.
Mar 12, 2019
kjling
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Mar 17, 2019
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@AlexCrouse ... this is not a DAC
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Mar 17, 2019
Jazzguitarfan
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Mar 19, 2019
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Thanks. Isolation is what I need.
Mar 19, 2019
Fetydoxx69
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Mar 12, 2019
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What's the use of this gizmo ??? I do have Topping D7XS DAC connected to my PC via optical cable. I hear it s better than usb on my PC.
Mar 12, 2019
ReAlien
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Mar 12, 2019
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Why not U16? U12 sucks in comparison.
Mar 12, 2019
RRM1
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Mar 13, 2019
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U 12 is still selling after 5 years says something about the quality I think. But as a U16 owner I am unable to compare other than to say it is a must for those of us who run multiple DAC's from a PC. The need for multiple drivers is eliminated is reason enough to consider this I would say.
Mar 13, 2019
Mezmerrick
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Feb 1, 2018
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Please
Feb 1, 2018
iAtomicZMB
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May 22, 2015
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Anyone knows how to use this with the xDuoo TA-02 Tube Amp? What type of connection?
May 22, 2015
Ninja1283
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May 25, 2015
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You can't. Please read the description...or even the title, and look at the I/O connections for each unit.
This is a USB interface, as in an interface between a USB output and DAC input (AES, coax, I2S, optical). This is a purely digital interface, and will still require a DAC and amp downstream before output to speakers/headphones/monitors.
Conversely, the xDuoo TA-02 is a purely analog interface, and will require a DAC upstream to convert a digital signal to analog for amplification.
If you are trying to connect your headphone amp to a digital source, you need to be looking for a DAC first, not a USB interface/DI.
May 25, 2015
CEE_TEE
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Apr 27, 2015
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Was hoping to pair this with Schiit Wyrd for a poor-man's Offramp 5. I want to use the U12 i2S output to my PWD Mk I to Mk II. Looks like we ain't gonna make it to the cheapest drop though. Will probably borrow one then or nab one used.
Apr 27, 2015
Ninja1283
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Apr 27, 2015
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IIRC, the U12 pulls power from the transformer, not the USB, so I'm not sure how much gain you would get from the Wyrd.
In any case, if the drop doesn't work out, check eBay. Standard new price from Hong Kong is only $150 shipped - any ebay bucks.
Apr 27, 2015
CEE_TEE
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May 29, 2015
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Thanks, Ninja!
May 29, 2015
Sonor1841
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Apr 26, 2015
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Sorry, but I just can't figure out when something like this would be needed. Could someone explain? Thanks
Apr 26, 2015
Ninja1283
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Apr 27, 2015
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What are you connecting to the lineouts? Unless it's a dedicated power amp or active monitors/sub with hard to access/independent/no volume controls, I would pull the line out from the DAC.
Apr 27, 2015
Sonor1841
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Apr 27, 2015
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Using the udac2 I connect the RCA outs to my powered M-Audio AV40's. There is also a coaxial S/PDIF output. On the front of the udac is a 3.5mm headphone jack. So I guess I would need the line outs for the H10.
Apr 27, 2015
serper
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Apr 22, 2015
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Wait a sec, so if this is not a DAC and is really a DDC, then what's w/ the AES (XLR) output? Can you use this to output from computer to a studio monitor speaker setup?? If it's DDC then no, right? I should've just bought the X12...
Apr 22, 2015
Ninja1283
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Apr 22, 2015
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Yes, this is just a USB interface/DI. You will need an actual DAC to get an analog signal out to feed to your speakers/monitors. If you like Gustard, why didn't you jump on the X12 drop? In any case, there are still several current DAC drops still going on. The DACMini is a good option if you don't need DSD, while the M8 will decode DSD like the X12. Didn't see anything with XLR outs for monitors though...
The AES output may use an XLR connection, but it is still a digital signal (2-channel PCM). There's no way to output a balanced stereo analog signal on a 3-pin XLR.
Apr 22, 2015
Ninja1283
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Apr 20, 2015
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After the Gustard H10 and X12 drops, I was wondering when the U12 would show up...
Although the Massdrop warranty may be worth it to some people, after tax and shipping, this works out to be $10 more than new pricing on eBay shipped from Hong Kong. (and that's only if we get 8 more in on the drop)
Apr 20, 2015
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