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clarkey555
03-12-2013, 16:34
hi everybody I have a burning question...does anybody know how I can hook up my laptop to the bushmaster mk11 bearing in mind I don't have any coax sockets left ones bluray the others cd transport so I am left with 2 optical sockets and voila you guessed my my laptop doesn't have optical out only usb or hdmi so please any help or suggestions would be much appreciated:doh:

StanleyB
03-12-2013, 20:37
Has your laptop got Bluetooth? I am waiting for a BT wireless link to arrive in the post. So BT connection to the BM might be an option.

struth
03-12-2013, 21:21
usb to spdif covertor then spidif to toslink. should be good enought for cd quality

clarkey555
04-12-2013, 10:18
hi stan unfortunately there is no built in Bluetooth could I use a Bluetooth dongle instead...

clarkey555
04-12-2013, 10:24
hi grant..nice suggestion however its a minefield out there with hundreds of different adapters/connectors available I was hoping there may be a lead usb/toslink available or just a simple small converter that requires no power.i really do not want something that could add or take away the sound of the bushmaster..:idea:

clarkey555
04-12-2013, 11:53
hi stan would this do the job for now http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190925088046?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 cheers bud:wave:

StanleyB
04-12-2013, 16:36
hi stan would this do the job for now http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190925088046?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 cheers bud:wave:
That's a nice bit of kit for the price. I might get one to try out myself.

StanleyB
10-12-2013, 16:42
I have been playing with the Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth to digital coax adapter lately. It gives me the option to stream music via Bluetooth from my laptop to the BM. The Bluetooth adapter runs off the USB socket on the Ankara battery. It comes with a suitable USB to DC plug adapter, so I didn't have to make up any leads.
Transfer rate is limited to 16Bit/48kHz, which is the same as the Airport Express. But as a low cost Bluetooth solution it is not bad at all.

clarkey555
10-12-2013, 16:57
nice one stan I will certainly digest all the info given btw I am continually blown away by the bushmaster mk2 you have given me not just a fantastic dac but a whole new library of music to listen to:concertina:

wk233298
12-12-2013, 02:27
I have this usb to digital convertor, good things about this is, it has two simultaneous optical and coax output. I find the quality to be pretty good ( I am no expert in hi fi sound quality). It sounds great when partnered with the Bushmaster Mk I.


Chris P

AlfaGTV
12-12-2013, 07:32
Give this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gustard-U10-Native-32bit-384k-USB-to-Spdif-Converter-0-1ppm-TCXO-XMOS-Inside-/291030336339?pt=US_Sound_Card_External&hash=item43c2c28353)a glance
Have one meself, and it's a great performer.

By the way, Stan, the Airport Express is fixed at 16bit/44.1Khz, as the Apple TV is fixed at 16bit/48Khz.
Regards
/Mike

Ammonite Acoustics
12-12-2013, 07:44
Give this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gustard-U10-Native-32bit-384k-USB-to-Spdif-Converter-0-1ppm-TCXO-XMOS-Inside-/291030336339?pt=US_Sound_Card_External&hash=item43c2c28353)a glance
Have one meself, and it's a great performer.

By the way, Stan, the Airport Express is fixed at 16bit/44.1Khz, as the Apple TV is fixed at 16bit/48Khz.
Regards
/Mike

I have that same USB/SPDIF converter and it's superb, feeding my BM Mk1. It supports ASIO, which to my ears results in much better sound than WASAPI etc. Even if it cost three or four times as much I would still recommend it.

wee tee cee
12-12-2013, 17:18
can anyone recommend a cheap bluetooth dongle/receiver that converts to optical or co-ax to feed the BM2. Would it plug and play into a dell lap top?

wee tee cee
12-12-2013, 17:35
I have been playing with the Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth to digital coax adapter lately. It gives me the option to stream music via Bluetooth from my laptop to the BM. The Bluetooth adapter runs off the USB socket on the Ankara battery. It comes with a suitable USB to DC plug adapter, so I didn't have to make up any leads.
Transfer rate is limited to 16Bit/48kHz, which is the same as the Airport Express. But as a low cost Bluetooth solution it is not bad at all.Stan,
It looks pretty good...how do you rate it sonically?

StanleyB
12-12-2013, 18:12
Most of the time I buy or borrow these things just to try them out and post a comment on the forum. I don't always spend much time on judging the sonic capabilities to the bone.
If you want to give mine a try before you invest in one, just send me a PM. I am not using it at the moment whilst I try to dismantle my music laptop and clean the internal fan. Got bogged down by a screw that won't come out.

wee tee cee
12-12-2013, 18:52
Thanks stan,
Very generous offer, would rather explore this avenue with Santas help. I run a long USB cable from the lap top -v link-optical. If blue tooth option works OK I might try it as a more user friendly alternative and access its sonic abilities compared to the hard wired set up. Just need reassurance the dongle/receiver is feasible? I intend to power it from a apple/kindle USB plug charger.....everything else is off the grid so if its promising battery power will follow.

clarkey555
12-12-2013, 19:05
hi chris would you be able to paste a link to this usb to digital convertor..cheers bud :wave:

wk233298
12-12-2013, 22:17
hi chris would you be able to paste a link to this usb to digital convertor..cheers bud :wave:

It is the same HA usb you've quoted

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190925088046?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

I personally find it more than adequate with only one exception of not handling sampling rate of 192k

Chris

clarkey555
13-12-2013, 10:31
cheers chris thanks for the info not to fussed about the sampling rate...new year new present methinks:interesting:

Old George
06-02-2014, 13:08
This might be the solution i'm looking for, i got my Bushmaster MK2 yesterday and the SPDIF out on my so-called 'high end' Asus Maximus IV motherboard won't output a signal to the Bushmaster.

Kember
06-02-2014, 13:11
How about one of these?!:)

http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?30627-FS-Inday-DA4X-R-SPDIF-4x1-Digital-Audio-Switcher-DA4X-R

Best

Peter