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Why use a USB3.0 connection even though the device operates on USB 2.0?
Last Updated 2 years ago

Question: Why does iFi use USB 3.0 connections but machine operates on USB 2.0?

Answer: We have started to use USB 3.0 connectors and cabling as they are generally of a higher quality than USB 2.0 ones. The audio standard used is USB Audio Class 2.0 and the connection system is USB 2.0, all USB 3.0 ports are backwards compatible and all firmware revisions with version 4.0 or higher work correctly with all USB 3.0 chipsets/ports/drivers.

Even though USB 3.0 is faster this is not really significant for 2 channel USB audio, even Hi-Res. What is more important is that the USB standard is superior as the core, grounding etc, are all improved so this makes for better quality of transfer of standard USB 3.0 vs standard USB 2.0 cable.

Products such as: iDAC 2, iDSD Micro, iDSD Nano (& LE) use USB 3.0 ports and operate on USB 2.0, however, the iUSB3.0's are fully USB 3.0 devices but also include USB 2.0 hub inside.

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