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So, what the heck is this little thing? Well, it’s either the world’s most expensive and limited USB hub, or it’s the key to eliminating sticky USB audio problems. Simply put, it cleans up your USB connection, eliminating noise and glitches caused by crappy USB power or USB port power management.
The Cure for Noise and Glitches
Have you ever heard strange noise from your USB DAC? Or have you had it “drop out” after the computer goes to sleep? Or does your computer have trouble recognizing your DAC at all? It could be due to noisy USB power, or USB port power management (very common with Windows 8 and Mac Mavericks.)
Improves Sound, Color Printing, Data Stability
Just kidding. This is silly. That’s like saying charging your iPhone off Wyrd makes the battery last longer. But some listeners say Wyrd improves the sound of their system. We’re not going to make any such claims. Nor are we going to recommend it for printers, external USB drives, or iPhone chargers.
Works With Any USB DAC
Wyrd isn’t limited to working with Schiit products. You can use it with any USB DAC—2.0, 1.0, 32/384, whatever—it doesn’t care. All it’s doing is cleaning up the USB connection, and it supports all USB Audio Standards.
Made in USA
By “Made in USA,” we mean Made in USA. Not “we just put in the last screw and said, 'Assembled in USA.’” The vast majority of the total production cost of Wyrd—chassis, boards, assembly, etc—goes to USA companies manufacturing in the USA.
2-Year Warranty, 15-Day Return
Wyrd is covered by a limited warranty that covers parts and labor for 2 years.
If you don’t like your Wyrd, you can send it back for a refund, minus 15% restocking fee, within 15 days of receiving it.
USB Ports: 1 in (Type B) and 1 out (Type A)
USB Mode: USB 2.0 (480Mbps), backwards-compatible to USB 1.1
USB Repeater: Controlled via 20ppm crystal oscillator
USB Power Current Capability: Over 500mA
Power Supply Type: linear, with precision low-noise (2.5uV) voltage regulators
AC Power: 9VA 6VAC wall-wart
Power Consumption: 6W maximum, <1W typical (depends on power draw of USB device)
Size: 5 x 3.5 x 1.25”
Weight: 1 lb
What does this thing really do?
It isolates your USB DAC from the noisy USB power coming from your computer, and provides a stable, precise oscillator to repeat the USB 2.0 packets.
Why would I want this?
Because some computers don’t play well with USB DACs, and make weird noises or have glitches. Or you believe this makes your system sound better.
Sonic benefits? That’s a lot of hoo-ha!
You’re right. There’s no reason this should make any system sound better. Although we can measure the difference in USB power supply noise, it really shouldn’t matter. Despite this, some listeners have said that there are sonic benefits from using Wyrd. Us, we remain Swiss on the matter—we don’t do the hard sell by promising sonic nirvana.
Gimme some technical details on what Wyrd does, please?
Wyrd does two things: it replaces the noisy USB power from your computer with a low-noise linear power supply (no switchers here!) with precision regulators rated at 2.5uV RMS noise. (Or, as Mike Moffat says, “on the 8th day, God called National Semiconductor and told them how to make the best regulator in the world, the LM723."). This is literally 100,000x better than some of the USB ports we’ve measured, which have up to 500mV of high-frequency noise. It also uses a tightly spec’d crystal oscillator on its own filtered power supply for the USB repeater chip, for best possible stability.
What about galvanic isolation?
When you talk about galvanic isolation, you’re talking about USB 1.1. There is no galvanic isolation that works at full USB 2.0 speed (480Mbps).
Oh, you haven’t heard this? Funny how the buzzwords change. There was recently an AES paper about galvanic isolation at full USB 2.0 speed, but there are no commercially available solutions for it. Don’t worry, when and if it’s ever available, we’ll make sure we’re fully buzzword compliant.
Are you saying I need to get this thing if I have a USB DAC?
Nope, not at all. Most USB DACs work just fine when running on computer power, without any hitches, glitches, or strange noises. However, if you have USB power problems, this is a great way to eliminate them. Especially if it’s a USB-powered DAC.
Well, I could just buy a $20 powered hub if I’m having USB port power management problems, right?
Yep you can, and yep, that would solve that problem.
Isn’t this just a way to get another $99 out of us?
Not unless you buy it…and keep it.