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Improve Digital Sound From USB On Desktop Computers Or Laptops
Can Be Used At Home Or On The Go
Simple & Effective Upgrade
About The AudioQuest Jitterbug
The AudioQuest Jitterbug provides a unique take on improving digital sound played back from your desktop or laptop computer. It’s inexpensive and easy to use so it’s kind of a no brainer. Check it out.
Upgrading your hi-fi system needn’t always involve a hefty blow to your wallet. There’s always an affordable little tweak here and there, which can make a world of difference. With a traditional hi-fi set-up, it could be something as simple as upgrading your speaker cable or interconnects. With a desktop audio system, it could be introducing a little critter like the AudioQuest JitterBug.
Slightly larger than your average USB memory stick, the JitterBug is a little bit shorter and chunkier than the company’s excellent DragonFly Black & Red USB DACs. It plugs into your computer’s USB socket, acting as a link in the chain between your computer and DAC, whether it’s a standalone converter or housed in a headphone amp or traditional stereo amp.
The thinking goes that there’s a lot of noise and interference coursing through the circuitry of your average desktop computer or laptop, including its USB connections. The main source of this interference is your computer’s own power supply. Subsequently this noise and interference can pass into your DAC through both the power line and data lines of a USB port. The Jitterbug’s job is to act as a passive filter and dissipate any noise before the signal enters your DAC.
The Problem: All computing devices—laptops, smartphones, Network Attached Storage devices (NAS drives), media servers, etc.—inherently generate a significant amount of noise and parasitic resonances. Additionally, computers contribute a considerable amount of RFI and EMI pollution onto the signal paths—all of which can easily find its way onto your USB cables and into your audio system. This noise and interference has many negative effects. Noise-compromised digital circuitry increases jitter and packet errors, resulting in distortion that causes a comparatively flat and irritating sound. Noise-compromised analogue circuitry also damages the sound’s depth, warmth and resolution.
The Solution: JitterBug’s dual-circuitry measurably reduces unwanted noise currents and parasitic resonances. It also reduces jitter and packet errors (in some cases, packet errors are completely eliminated).
The Result: Clearer and more compelling sound, music, dialog, etc. A better audio experience.
Our Take On The Jitterbug
If you listen from a desktop or laptop computer then the inclusion of an AudioQuest Jitterbug will leave you with a big smile on your face. Of course it’s also the perfect present for an audiophile buddy or a great suggestion for the friends or family to buy for you as a special treat. Go on, splash out, you deserve it.
Jitterbug In The News
I have no hesitation in declaring, loudly and longly, that I can think of no way to spend $99 that would make me more enjoy my computer-based audio than the AudioQuest JitterBug. Try one - or two - for yourself. John Atkinson, Stereophile Magazine
Main Features & Specifications
- Use one JitterBug in series (in line) with any computer and USB DAC (digital-to-analogue converter)
- Use an additional JitterBug in parallel with the first for improved playback performance
- Use JitterBug with other locally connected USB devices, such as hard drives, printers, and cameras, to effectively reduce audio interference
- Use JitterBug with USB-enabled network devices, such as routers, NAS devices, and streamers
- Use JitterBug with mobile devices into audio systems in the home and in the car
- Design: USB line (VBUS) and signal (data) filter
- Input: USB Type-A male
- Output: USB Type-A female
- Dimensions (LxHxW): 61 x 20.5 x 30.5mm
- Weight: 0.1kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 1 Year
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE. Product images are for illustration purposes only and may vary from the actual product. Any accessories pictured (MP3 Player, Phone, Tablet, Computer etc) are not included with the product.