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#98069 - 04/29/18 03:32 AM USB input to USB type C
tru blu Offline
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Loc: Brooklyn, NY
Hey 'Slingers. Just encountered a tiny weirdness concerning the RR 2160's USB input. I've been using it with a MacBook Pro since I got my 2160, as I did with my previous 2150. Sweet sounds, indeed. But I just got a new MacBook, which no longer has the old USB type A output/connector. Apple has moved to the smaller, reputedly faster USB type C connector. Faster data transfer is better, correct?

Only one problem: When I use an adapter to connect the old USB-A input from the RR2160 to the new MacBook's USB-C output, the music is marred by intermittently faint pops, almost as if I was playing an older LP in fair condition. It's bearable, but also a tad frustrating. I've tried a few different adapters now, thinking quality might be a factor. To no avail. It'd be cool if someone, maybe the Outlaws, could come up with a solution. I really like using my laptop as a source.

-tru blu
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#98070 - 04/29/18 05:20 AM Re: USB input to USB type C [Re: tru blu]
XenonMan Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
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Is the cable an active cable? If so, is it possible the chip is messing with the signal? Have you tried using the other USB input (USB-B type). Would also need adapter but may work better since it is designed for PC input.
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APC H15 Power Conditioner

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Large Advent Loudspeakers/ Polk center/Monoprice surrounds/Panasonic Viera 42 inch/Onkyo HT-RC260/Sony BDP S590/Directv


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Onkyo PR-SC886/Outlaw 7125 Klipsch RF-82 L/R,RC-62 center, RB-35 SR/SL, BENQ HT1075, Outlaw LFM1-EX/OPPO BDP-83/Directv
Harmony ONE
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#98071 - 04/29/18 05:36 AM Re: USB input to USB type C [Re: XenonMan]
tru blu Offline
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Registered: 09/04/06
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Loc: Brooklyn, NY
OK, so I just learned something: there's another USB input? Hadn't realized that. What's it for exactly? I'm using the USB-A cable that I'd been using with my old MacBook and 2150. Might have to look into the other (USB-B?) input.
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#98072 - 04/29/18 05:46 AM Re: USB input to USB type C [Re: XenonMan]
tru blu Offline
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Loc: Brooklyn, NY
Oh, wait, I got confused. The cable I'm running to the USB input is a USB-B type. The ends are USB-B to USB-A, which connected to the USB-A on my old MacBook Pro. I should see if I can find a USB-B to USB-C type cable.
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#98073 - 04/29/18 09:24 AM Re: USB input to USB type C [Re: tru blu]
XenonMan Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 2542
Loc: Columbus,North Carolina
Why not just use the old Mac as a music server? The DACs in the new Mac are not as good as those in the 2160 and you aren't gaining anything with the new Mac from a sound quality standpoint. The only time you are actually using the DACs in the Mac are when you have a 3.5 mm jack in use. Otherwise the USB should put straight undecoded data to the 2160 for it to decode using its DACs.
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Music system
Model 990/7500/Magnepan 1.6 QRs/Technics SL1200 MK2/Aperion S-12 Subwoofer/OWA3/Sony NS75H DVD
APC H15 Power Conditioner

TV System
Large Advent Loudspeakers/ Polk center/Monoprice surrounds/Panasonic Viera 42 inch/Onkyo HT-RC260/Sony BDP S590/Directv


Home Theater System
Onkyo PR-SC886/Outlaw 7125 Klipsch RF-82 L/R,RC-62 center, RB-35 SR/SL, BENQ HT1075, Outlaw LFM1-EX/OPPO BDP-83/Directv
Harmony ONE
Blue Jeans and Monoprice interconnects
APC H15 Power Conditioner

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