HRT's Top-of-the-line USB DAC
The Music Streamer HD is HRT's top-of-the-line USB DAC. Featuring both full-sized XLR (4.5V) and RCA (2.25V) outputs, the Music Streamer HD is compatible with any audio system. And for best sound quality it uses a high-performance asynchronous USB transceiver and can stream up to 24-bit/192 kHz via a USB 2.0 connection.
The Music Streamer HD is an ultra-high performance external sound card/digital to analog converter (DAC) that connects a computer to the analog inputs (balanced or unbalanced) of a home stereo, other entertainment system, or powered loudspeakers. USB connected and powered, the Music Streamer HD is simple to use and provides a level of performance that is almost unsurpassed at any price point. The Music Streamer HD approaches near theoretical limits for resolution and will satisfy even the most demanding listener.
"The very first thing I noticed about the Music Streamer HD's sound was its good sense of scale," notes Art Dudley in the July 2013 issue of Stereophile. "The player's ability, overall, to get out of the music's way and to avoid impeding momentum and flow was admirable and, dare I say, downright analog-like."
The Perfect Topology for Ultra High Resolution Digital Sound
With its high performance asynchronous USB transceiver, differential current mode conversion, and a fully differential signal path, the Music Streamer HD provides the perfect topology for ultra high resolution digital to analog conversion. All power requirements for the Music Streamer HD are supplied from the host computer, and operation is simple: just plug it into any available USB port and in a matter of seconds you will experience a level of sound that is guaranteed to thrill and delight you.
Easy to Set Up and Use
With its jitter free interface, the Music Streamer HD will transform your computer into a better-than-CD-quality source when using high bit rate/sample rate music files. Utilizing native Audio Class 1.0 or 2.0 drivers (available in all modern PC, Mac, and Linux computers), simply select the appropriate audio class via the Music Streamer HD's front panel switch, connect it to your computer via the included USB cable and connect the audio outputs to your audio system (RCA or XLR). Select the Music Streamer HD as the default audio output in your computer's audio sound preferences and you are ready to experience digital sound reproduction at its very best.
Sample Rate LED Indicators
LED indicators on the HD display the current sample rate (44k1, 48k, 88k2, 96k, 176k4, and 192k), the bit depth (16 or 24), and the state of the mute circuit, so you will always know at a glance your system's operating mode.
High Resolution Technologies' UpStream utility allows the Music Streamer HD's firmware to be updated right from the computer's desktop in a matter of seconds.
Proudly designed and manufactured in Southern California like all other HRT products, the Music Streamer HD is at the very leading edge of what is capable in modern computer-based digital music reproduction at a very competitive retail price.
"The very first thing I noticed about the Music Streamer HD's sound was its good sense of scale. I began my serious listening with "Lover, You Should Have Come Over," from Jeff Buckley's Grace… The HD's reproduction of this track was notable for other qualities, not the least being levels of openness and clarity that put it at least a rung or two above its predecessors in the HRT line. Electric guitars also had more color and body than I expected… and the player's ability, overall, to get out of the music's way and to avoid impeding momentum and flow was admirable and, dare I say, downright analog-like."
- Art Dudley, Stereophile, July 2013