The M2Tech HiFace Evo is the new statement in high quality computer audio interfaces. Hosted in a compact and stylish aluminum case, hiFace Evo is capable of flawlessly transfering audio data up to 192 kHz, 24 bits to virtually every DAC or A/V receiver around, thanks to its comprehensive outputs set. hiFace Evo incorporates the same leading edge technology as the classic hiFace - with some plus.
Asynchronous operation up to 192kHz is used in conjunction with proprietary drivers which allow for Kernel Streaming, Direct Sound and WASAPI operation (the latter under Windows vista and 7). Windows and Mac drivers are already available. Very high precision, very low phase noise (jitter) crystal oscillators are used. To further improve their performance, they have a dedicated shunt voltage regulator which ensures a very low noise and spurious-free supply.
This hiFace Evo is powered by an external power supply (not included), to avoid the dirty USB bus supply from negatively affecting hiFace Evo's performance. Linear regulators are used all around, to allow all jitter-sensitive digital circuits to operate at their best. Also, a low-pass filter is provided at supply input to further reduce any bad influence from the supply.
This hiFace Evo can be powered by an external wall adapter (9V 1A will fit), or with a 9V alkaline battery, or with a 7.2V/10.8V Lithium battery. Several outputs are available at the same time: coax on RCA, coax on true 75 Ohms BNC, AES/EBU on male XLR, optical on Toslink (Toslink is guaranteed to operate up to 96kHz, though got operation up to 176.4kHz on certain setups), optical on ST (for high-speed operation up to 192kHz and up to 1.6km or 1 mile), straight I2S for direct connection to DIY DACs on RJ-45 (NOT plug-in compatible with NorthStar products!).
All outputs, except straight I2S, are galvanically isolated (coax and AES/EBU via a pulse transformer). AES/EBU output can be set to professional or consumer mode by an internal jumper. In addition, an input for an external clock is available, for those who have an extremely precise and stable clock generator to be used with hiFace Evo.
This hiFace evo automatically recognizes the presence of the clock on its input and switches on it whenever available. This input is also galvanically isolated via a pulse transformer. Three LEDs indicate power, external clock presence and incoming data from the PC. Connection to the PC is via a type B female USB connector.
|Sampling frequencies||44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz|
|Resolution||16 to 32 bits|
|Inputs||USB 2.0, supply, master clock|
|Outputs||S/PDIF: 0.5Vpp +/-0.1V @ 75 Ohms
AES/EBU: 2Vpp +/- 0.2V @ 110Ohms
I2S: 3.3V (LVCMOS)
|Bit Rate||TOSLink Input: Up to 15Mbps (up to 96kHz sampling frequency)|
|Wordclock||External Voltage: 3Vpp to 3.6Vpp
External Frequency: 10 to 25MHz
External Input Impedance: 75 Ohms
Internal Clock Precision: +/-10ppm 32deg. to 140deg.F (0deg. to 60deg.C), 2ppm typical @ 77deg.F (25deg.C)
|Power Requirements||Power supply not included
7 to 11VDC (15VDC max), 140mA @ 9V (idle, no output loaded)
2mm tip jack connector
|System Requirements||1.3GHz CPU clock
2.0 USB port
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Case: 105 x 46 x 104mm / 4.13 x 1.81x 4.09"
Total: 105 x 50 x 142mm / 4.13 x 1.96 x 5.59"
|Weight||380g /13.40 oz|