Computer Audio Overview:
The integration of the personal computer (PC) into the home stereo system has provided a
revolutionary way to purchase, store, organize, and play your digital music collection. An
Ayre USB analog to digital (A/D) converter and an Ayre digital to analog (D/A) converter
provides an equally revolutionary way to store and play back your music collection with
unprecedented fidelity and realism.
Connected via the ubiquitous USB port and using the Streamlength® asynchronous USB transfer
mode (Streamlength® is a registered trademark of Wavelength Audio, Ltd.), an Ayre USB converter generates a
fixed-frequency master audio clock and sends or requests the audio data to or from the
computer at the correct time for jitter-free playback of your music. Now the USB converter
is in control and provides the critical master audio clock; the computer simply stores the
music files without creating jitter that degrades audio performance. Ayre USB converters
also utilize techniques to ensure total galvanic isolation of all outputs, providing
optimal performance in any configuration.
To learn more about how to setup and use your Ayre USB converter, use the menus above to
select the converter type (analog to digital or digital to analog) that you are using.
Important Reminder - Back Up Your Music Files!
No matter what your choice of computer, operating system, and music playing software,
please remember one important fact—all hard drives will eventually develop problems and you
may lose precious data. Be sure to back up your music files! You will likely end up with
hundreds of hours and/or thousands of dollars invested in these files. Taking a few minutes
to back them up can save a lot of heartache down the road.