January 15, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
If your PC is like mine, it’s loaded with music that’s been ripped from CD, downloaded or purchased. Great for when you’re sitting at the desk listening on tiny computer speakers, not so great if you want to use your PC as a full-throttle audio server with easy access to your entire digital music collection.
There are plenty of ways to get at it. One would be to start with the u (USB) Upgrade from Wadia Digital.
Wadia’s all about the digital music format, and all about high performance, so the company makes killer combinations for your audiophile wishes—last year Wadia made waves with its iTransport dock for iPod.
Along the same lines of delivering the purest digital signal to your system, the u Upgrade gets at your PC-stored audio with a new 24-bit, 96-kHz ClockLinked USB input to optimally extract your data.
Wadia’s ClockLink technology makes sure the signal is jitter- and distortion-free as it travels in the digital domain, and on to another Wadia product—integrating with the company’s decoding computers line of DACs (digital-to-analog converter) for further processing enhancement before reaching your speakers.
If the Upgrade and DAC help deliver similar quality of the iTransport, we’ll be seeing plenty of audiophile setups that forgo the old amp/pre-pro for the PC/Wadia combination.
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