SilverStone EB01-E Detailed Features
An external audio DAC is a product that will primarily appeal to someone with a significant digital music collection and a desire to get the best possible audio performance from their collection. A serious gamer might also take a second look at a standalone audio DAC as a way to improve the audio in his game, although he will most likely opt for an external box with a microphone input.
The Silverstone EB01-E is a sleek metallic enclosure with no discernible features visible from the front, except for the two previously mentioned blue LEDs.
The EB01-E does not have an external power supply; it requires a USB connection to a PC or USB power supply for its primary power.
The rear of the unit provides access to all of the digital audio inputs and one pair of analog outputs. The choice of active input is made by pressing the small button labelled “SW” on the rear right of the unit. A set of three blue status LEDs are used to indicate which audio input is currently active. In a typical user setup, access to this switch and observation of the LEDs can only be performed by looking behind the unit, or rotating the entire box 180° with the connecting cables in tow. It is possible, however, to simply press the “SW” button while listening for the appropriate audio input to be output.
This is a digital input only box with no input provided for an analog audio source. In most cases, the listener will connect the audio output of the EB01-E directly to a stereo amplifier, or through the matching EB03 headphone amplifier.