ARMATURE HECATE LT USB Interface SPDIF XMOS Xcore 208 Asynchronous TCXO

ARMATURE HECATE LT USB Interface SPDIF XMOS Xcore 208 Asynchronous TCXO
Armature now offers its excellent USB interface XMOS Xcore U208 SPDIF Asynchronous in a simplified  version but still very powerful, allowing to offer it at a softer price. Ideal to have an excellent digital interface without breaking the bank!

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ARMATURE HECATE LT

ARMATURE HECATE LT USB SPDIF Interface XMOS Xcore 208 Asynchronous TCXO - OTG

ARMATURE HECATE LT interface USB SPDIF

A simplified version for a content price

Armature now offers its excellent USB SPDIF XMOS interface in a simplified version, but always very powerful, allowing to propose it at a contained price. An excellent digital interface with a very good quality / price ratio!

Xmos Xcore U208

XMOS Xcore U208

This latest generation XMOS Xcore U208 processor has 4 times the computing power of the old XMOS U8.
The result: a higher definition combined with a very low jitter.

XMOS chips are a reference in USB interface and are now widely recognized in the audiophile world.

A design as neat as ever

At Armature a simplified version is not necessarily an entry-level version. Thus, the design of this interface remains as optimized and the realization extremely careful.

The power supply part is based on low noise, fast response LDO controllers. The board is powered by 2 independent LDOs and the clock part uses an ultra-low noise regulator, this design provides a solid foundation for ultimate performance.

The PCB is built on 4 layers allowing a separation of the ground planes of the power supply part and the signal part. Particular attention has been paid to the design of the high frequency tracks, particularly concerning the clock signal, to avoid any interference.

The Hecate LT also incorporates an ultra-low phase noise TCXO clock from Japan KDS. Its accuracy is 2PPM and jitter less than 0.5PS.  

Excellent performance can be expected from this interface for high fidelity playback. The Jitter of the final map was measured at 4.6ps.

A compact but solid format

With the same compact size as the classic Hecate, it also features the elegant 100% Aluminium case. This effectively protects the components from external interference and disturbance while giving the device a sober, elegant and modern appearance.

HECTATE LT Review by The Hans Beekhuyzen Channel

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Technical characteristics

Specifications
USB interfaceXMOS Xcore U208
Compatibilitynative / Plug & Play on Linux UAC2, OSX / OTG
Status LEDsPlay
DSD
Power
InputUSB
OutputSPDIF
USB input sampling rate24bit 192kHz
SPDIF output sampling rate24bit 192kHz 75Ω
SPDIF connector platingGold
General
Dimensions130 x 58 x 26mm
Weight215g
Housing material100% Aluminium
ColorBlack
Package1x Hecate LT
4x Anti-slip feet
 
Data sheet
InputUSB XMOS
OutputCoaxial SPDIF
ColorBlack
 
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Excellent !
Connecté à l'USB du PC vers l'entrée COAX de mon DAC Atoll HD120 il fait merveille. Comme si un "voile" avait disparu.
La question est à mon sens : pourquoi je ne retrouve pas ce produit dans la presse audio spécialisée ?
Véritablement excellent.
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Armature Hecate ;
Bonjour ,
Cette petite interface fait très bien son travail !
La définition a montée d'un cran , le plan stéreo est plus précis .
Le silence de fonctionnement couronne le tout !
Bravo , je recommande !
B jl

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Great Converter
My favorite DAC is a bit fussy over USB inputs and didn't work well with the Raspberry output. I was looking for a USB to SPDIF converter and came across the Hecate products. I chose the LT version after looking at some reviews.

Performance:
I am very impressed! To date I haven't really detected any very obvious sonic signature or coloration. As I was very happy with the sound and dynamics of the DAC, this pleases me as I have achieved exactly what I was hoping to. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone in a similar situation. In general I would try and avoid any in-line signal conversion, but the Hecate shows that signal conversion can be done very effectively.

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beau son
Cette interface devait rejoindre un système audio couplé à mon ordinateur de bureau, mais après écoute elle a pris place sur mon système haut rendement car la conversion est fine et aérée, cela aurait été dommage de ne pas profiter de ses capacités sur mes fichiers flac en 96 khz, elle tient la comparaison avec mon autre interface GUSTARD U12. Évidemment il faut une alimentation séparée pour découvrir toutes ses qualités pour éliminer les bruits usb; mais aussi , dans mon cas, car l'alimentation 5 V de mon streamer semble incapable de fournir assez de courant sur sa sortie usb pour une émulation de cette interface. C'est un très bon rapport qualité prix.
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Franchement, un très bon produit!
Bonjour,
Ne vous laissez pas abuser par son prix abordable, ce petit bridge est vraiment très bon.
Dans mon système composé de Jriver, foobar et Qobuz sublime, suivi par un dac Yggdrasil ou parfois Holo level 3, il ne rend pas grand chose voire rien du tout aux X spdif-2 et Yellowtech PUC2. Superbe rapport qualité prix que ce très abordable petit convertisseur! Le système "tourne" désormais avec lui.
Mon ampli est un Bryston 4b3 et les enceintes sont des DIY sur base Supravox.
Je remercie et félicite au passage Audiophonics pour la qualité de leur SAV avec lequel j'ai eu contact par deux fois; la dernière en date lors d'un problème de craquements (très rares mais gênants) sur un convertisseur usb spdif haut de gamme que je leur ai retourné pour contrôle.
Après quelques jours d'analyse dans leur labo, ils m'ont retourné rapidement un appareil neuf :-)
Bref, toujours très content d'Audiophonics!
Cdt,
Frédéric
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