Selling one of the best USB to S/PDIF Converters available this product can turn a computer into a high-end digital source. Decodes natively up to 24/96.
The Bridge has been manufactured with Cryogenic treatment. A long kept secret in the audiophile world, cryogenic treatment results in a dramatic improvement in sonic clarity and detail (as stated on the Halide web site).
This model has the BNC connection but a BNC to RCA adapter is included.
Unit is in essentially mint condition with the original box and set-up documentation (not that you need any set-up info as the unit is plug-and play).
The Bridge is build upon the solid foundation of the sophisticated USB audio receiver code, Streamlength™, by Wavelength Audio. Streamlength™ allows the extremely low phase noise clocks inside the Bridge to run as the master audio clock, resulting extraordinarily low jitter output. Since there is no resampling or reclocking, the footprint of the circuit becomes tiny – the Bridge runs smarter, not bigger.
Inside, highly filtered ultralow noise power regulation provides clean power rails for the internal circuitry. A high quality output transformer further isolates the output signal from any computer noise. For more details on the innards of the Bridge, checkout our design page.
In a recent shootout I found the Halide Bridge sounds better than the USB input in the Eastern Electric Mini Max Plus.
An added bonus is that you do not need to spend extra money on a high end USB cable, as the Halide Bridge already includes a high end USB cable directly connected to the Halide Bridge (see photos)
Power – supplied from USB connection. LC filtered (two pole passive) and down regulated; separate power rails for digital circuitry and master clock.
Drivers – Plug and Play, using Streamlength™.
Supported rates – 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz (user selectable), at 24 bit resolution.
Isolation – output is fully isolated using a high quality digital audio transformer.
Connection – 75 ohm, available in BNC (gold center pin)
Construction – CNC milled anodized aluminum enclosure, laser engraved. Double sided, four layer printed circuit board.
Length – 6 feet, extends to 16 feet with optional extension cable.
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From HALIDE website (search Halide in Google):
audiophile high-fi usb single cable USB to S/PDIF converter
The single cable solution for bringing pristine, high-resolution digital audio from your computer to stereo.
With the S/PDIF Bridge from Halide Design, it is possible to get a high resolution, ultra low jitter digital audio signal straight from your computer, with a single, plug-and-play cable.
Completely plug-and-play on both PC and Mac, the Bridge allows for 24 bit resolution at sampling rates up to 96 kHz, and works with virtually any file type and player.
“This simple, small, single cable solution incorporates innovative design and the current holy grail of USB implementations asynchronous transfer mode … There are some fabulous DACs around without USB or FireWire input that will benefit greatly from the Halide Design Bridge. I highly recommend The Bridge from Halide Design … ” — Chris Connaker, ComputerAudiophile.com, (read full review).
“The Bridge … produced a very clean datastream free from timing uncertainty; and with it’s relaxed, grain-free sound, the Bridge excelled at conveying recorded ambiance and low-level detail, said JA” (Stereophile April 2011, Vol. 33, No. 12 WWW)
Plug and play, high-resolution audio. In addition to playing standard CD resolution audio, the Bridge can play high-resolution audio files as well (up to 96 kHz, 24 bit). Hi res files are available for download at places such as HDTracks, as well as elsewhere. For best results, we recommend players such as jRiver or foobar for the PC, and Amarra Mini, AyreWave, or Pure Music for the Mac.