I just got a little usb → toslink/spdif device “Douk Audio”, its built on a XMOS XU208**, so I can connect my Mac via USB->Coax to an ageing audiolab DAC at 24/192 instead of its native 24/96 (via USB) and it cost $40.
Couldn’t be happier with the results, and it made me wonder what other “bargains” exist in Hifi that others have come across.
Pi as a streamer is also top on this list vs an expensive streamer but it does require a modicum of know how, this device was simply plug/play.
** This is the same usb chip used in the latest/greatest DAC’s.
No, a small mirror will do nicely if you have someone willing to stand against your side walls holding a mirror while you bark instructions “forward” and “back” My wife quickly lost patience with my nonsense, thus a mirror I could slide across the wall and see from my listening chairs.
Up until now I got a Grimm rca/rca cable going from my DAC to my amp… €63,- and it was just shocking… I know cables can be considered snake oil but this made a lot of difference!
And I’m also looking into room correction. Bit hard to find good info on correction.