equipment reviews
This Month's Featured Equipment Reviews
ZenWave Cables and SurgeX ZenWave Edition Review
REDGUM BLACK RGi35ENR Integrated Amplifier Review
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2.0 Headphone Amp & Preamp Review
iFi Micro iUSB 3.0 & Gemini USB Cable Reviews
Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver Review
Latest AV News
EQ & Acoustics Forum Topics:
Classic Accesories Reviews
Past EQ & Acoustics News
 
SOtM iSO-CAT6 LAN Filter And tX-USBhub Review  Print E-mail
Home Theater Accessories Acoustics, EQ & Room Tuning
Written by Andre Marc   
Monday, 28 September 2015
Article Index
SOtM iSO-CAT6 LAN Filter And tX-USBhub Review 
tx-USBhub Cont.
SOtM iSO-CAT6 LAN Filter

High-end computer audio is at the point of maturity where there is an entire cottage industry in for tweaks and enhancements. This is because as time has gone by, designers have identified vulnerable areas where noise, signal loss, and jitter can affect performance. Another reason is that is it has become a common belief that consumer-grade, multi-purpose computers are not the best environments for perfectionist audio.

Unquestionably, the most common transmission lines for computer audio today are USB and local area networks via wired Ethernet (with WiFi approaching in the distance). Both are generally hospitable environments for audio, but they are not perfect. There is gobs of information on various computer audio forums about the issues that could affect USB and Ethernet, but in a nutshell it is sensitivities to both environmental and internally produced electrical noise which can cause problems.

Those with their finger to the pulse will undoubtedly have noted the recent proliferation of USB enhancement products. Products from Audioquest, Schiit Audio, UpTone Audio, sBooster, iFi, and others have gotten plenty of press and user feedback online. The same applies for the number of interesting-looking Ethernet tweaks appearing, including “audiophile grade” LAN cables, filters, isolators, and switches.

SOtM, out of South Korea and represented here in the US by Simple Design, has their own solutions. I have been highly impressed by their products in the past. Let’s start SOtM’s USB enhancement solution:

tX-USBhub

Priced at $350, the ultimate goal of this product category is to deliver a USB with the highest integrity to the DAC by stopping source-derived noise, jitter, and other anomalies. Essentially, the USB signal is re-clocked and “refreshed”, so to speak.

All of these products have a USB input and output, and generally come with a wal-wart power supply. The tX-USBhub has several unique features. It has two USB outputs, for feeding two DACS, and can be powered via the optional SOtM battery power supply for optimal performance. It also allows you to turn off the 5V power coming out of the hubs if your DAC does not require it.

The tX-USBhub is very nicely built and features a clear polycarbonate case so the internal components are visible. Holding it in one’s hand inspires confidence that it was built to last. When in operation, a bright green LED is lit to let you the device is active.




 

 
  home theater news  |  equipment reviews 
  blu-ray reviews  |  dvd  |  theatrical reviews  
  music download reviews  |  music disc reviews
  contact  |  about-us  |  careers   |  brands 
  RSS   |  AVRev Forums
  front page  |  virtual tours  |  dealer locator
  how to features  |   lifestyle & design articles
  Want Your Home Theater Featured on MHT?
   CE Partners: HDD  |  HDF  |  VGT  |  SD  |  DVD
   
  Advertise with Us | Specs | Disclaimer | Sponsors
  privacy policy | cookie policy | terms of use
  909 N. Sepulveda Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245
  Ads: 310.280.4476 | Contact Us
  Content: 310.280.4575 | Mike Flacy