Fixing noise from USB on DAC

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Fixing noise from USB on DAC

Post by Jay » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:43 pm

Recently started using my old D-Zero (Mk1?) at the office and noticed I was getting a huge amount of noise coming through USB ports.

So anything happening on the computer, mouse movements, hdd access, etc seemed to be passed through the D-Zero DAC as loud buzzing/hissing.

For some reason off the PC USB ports was an oddly high level of noise, I suspect the motherboard's feature of 'high power' usb ports might have something to do with it. I haven't had any noise issues in the past and I haven't looked through at the D-Zero's circuit but suspect some serious ground plane issues on my work PC were big enough to get through.

Fix was to plug the DAC to a powered USB hub. Silent when running off powered USB hub or my monitor's powered usb hub (seems my Dell monitor's power is cleaner than my standalone usb hub).

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Re: Fixing noise from USB on DAC

Post by Marcus » Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:05 am

Yeah this is one if the issues we've encountered with USB DACs a few times. Normally plugging directly into the motherboard USB port or a powered hub fixes things :)
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