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Bryston has introduced the BUC-1, a special purpose digital to digital converter that enables music enthusiasts to use their computer as a high resolution music source even though their existing Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) doesn't feature asynchronous USB capability.
The converter allows for native 24 bit resolution at sampling rates up to 192 kHz. The BUC-1 takes a standard USB output from the computer and delivers bit-perfect data via either an AES/EBU or S/PDIF output to any DAC, says Bryston’s James Tanner. “
The BUC-1 differentiates itself from competitive USB solutions in several critical ways including a "robust linear" power supply design, he adds. This isn't a device that's bus-powered via the USB cable.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the BUC-1 is US$799. It will be available Jan. 1. For more info go to http://www.bryston.com .