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TechBits: USB audio (05.07.14)

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BIRMINGHAM - AL - Taking your audio outside your computer can be a good move.  Even the best internal sound cards can be affected by electronics fields inside the machine.  This week, the Tech Guy has two devices that can clean up your sound- by taking it out of the computer.

The Roccat Kave XTD is a complete sound solution, with a wired headphone/mic combo, and connections for your speakers.  That means you don;t have to unplug the USB connection before launching software if you want to switch devices.  (Some USB headphones require plugging and unplugging to make the switch).  The Kave unit can also connect to your mobile phone by Bluetooth, so you can use it to take calls- without taking off the head set.

Cambridge audio lets you take USB audio with you with the DacMagic XS.  The tinyunitt is simply a digital-to-analog converter that plugs into your laptop's USB.  Its performance is dependent on whether you use USB 1 or USB 2, but both modes give very good sound quality.
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