NuForce releases low-cost USB to SPDIF converter.

Already have a DAC, but it doesn’t have a USB input? Nuforce has just what you’ve been looking for! Its new U192STM converts USB to digital audio, after which you can use your existing DAC to convert the digital audio to analogue. ‘This new device from NuForce is really interesting,’ said Michael Thornton-Smith, of International Dynamics, which distributes the NuForce U192STM in Australia. ‘It’s a signal converter that transforms digital audio signals from the USB port of a computer into standard S/PDIF digital audio and then outputs it via both coaxial (RCA) and optical (Toslink) outputs. The U192S accepts data word lengths of 16-bits and 24-bits at all common sample rates up to a maximum sample-rate of 192kHz, thus permitting playback of high-resolution digital audio recordings via computer USB ports. Because of this, it allows users to keep their existing non-USB DACs, and add a USB capability to it.

Thornton-Smith told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine that he was currently awaiting his first stock shipment and that he wasn’t going to set a firm retail price until he shipped units out to his retailers, but that he expected the NuForce U192STM would retail in Australia for $179 (RRP).

For more information, please contact International Dynamics Australasia (IDA)

NuForce U192TM USB/SPDIF Converter Features
• USB 2.0 audio to S/PDIF converter
• Coaxial S/PDIF output
• Optical TOSLINK output
• 16 or 24 bit resolution
• 44.1, 48, 96, 176.4, and 192kHz sampling rates supported
• USB-powered, no external power supply required
• Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac OSX
• Digital Output: Coaxial RCA 75-ohm and Optical Toslink
• Digital Output Signal Level: 1.0Vpp
• Maximum power consumption: 150mW
• Dimensions: 68×38×21mm
• Included Accessories: USB cable (1 metre)

altPictured Above and Below: Front and review views of the NuForce U192TM USB to S/PDIF converter, available in Australia through International Dynamics.