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Hifime High-Speed USB Isolator

Hifime High-Speed USB Isolator
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UPDATE JULY 2018: New revision shipping now. 

The High-Speed isolator provides galvanic isolation between the USB host and device and protects the device from power shocks and avoid ground loops that can be very troublesome in audio. Our original Hifimediy USB Isolator has been very popular since it was launched in 2013, but the drawback is that it doesn’t work with all USB devices. The new High-Speed Isolator works with many more devices and provides a long awaited solution to ground loop noises for users of sound cards like Focusrite, Steinberg and many more.

If you have tried our USB isolator in the past and found it wasn’t compatible with your equipment, then there is a very good chance that the new High-Speed isolator will work. It supports all USB transfer modes, Low (1.5Mbps), Full (12Mbps) and Hi-speed (480Mbps). Hi-Speed 480Mbps are required by DACs that support higher than 96kHz/24bit sample rates, and also multi channel DACs.
The new isolator also provides more power, 400mA to the connected device, vs 200mA from the other USB isolator. 
 
Specifications
  • Supports 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1 USB ports
  • Supports Low (1.5Mbps), Full (12Mbps) and Hi-speed (480Mbps) mode by automatic detection
  • Supports audio and other devices including high resolution 384kHz and DSD DACs, USB midi devices, USB mixers, USB microphones
  • Provides 400mA to the connected USB device (or 500mA if your computer's USB port can supply <600mA to the isolator). 400mA is sufficient for most devices.
  • No driver required, no settings to configure
  • Self powered, no external power needed
  • Signal isolation: 3000V
  • Voltage isolation: 1000V
  • Size: 55x35mm + cable 10cm

 

FAQ

What is the difference from the cheaper USB isolator?
There are two main differences:

  1. The new High-Speed isolator supports USB Hi-Speed 480Mbps mode, required by many audio devices.
  2. It can provide double the power to your device (400mA vs 200mA - or even >500mA depending on your USB port).

Do I need the High-Speed isolator, or can I use the other cheaper one?
If you have a two channel DAC that supports not more than 96kHz/24bit then the cheaper Full-Speed isolator is likely to work if the DAC doesn’t require too much power. If it has mic preamp, phantom power or is a bigger type sound card then it might to require more than 200mA power and the High-Speed isolator with its higher power capability is required. 

Will the High-Speed isolator work with my audio or other USB device?
It probably will. 

Does it require a driver or special setting?
No. Similar to a USB hub, the isolator is “transparent” to the computer and doesn’t require any driver or configuration in settings.

Does it support USB 3.0 and 3.1?
Yes it works with USB 3.X ports. It will max out at 480Mbps, meaning if you connect a USB3.0 hard drive you will not get transfers at 5Gbps speeds. Audio devices doesn't need more than 480Mbps, so it will be sufficient. Most devices that require USB galvanic isolation doesn’t require 5gbps.

Does it support asynchronous USB?
Yes it supports all USB types, the isolator doesn’t care, it just passed on the data to your computer. 

Will it improve the sound quality from my DAC?
It depends. If you are experiencing noise problems, then it will probably remove or reduce those if they are caused by a ground loop. The noise could also be caused by other factors, like the microphone or preamp itself (some gear are noisy!), the isolator will not help with that. It can also clear up the sound from ground issues that is not so apparent, creating a clearer background in the audio. If your computer has a good quality USB DC supply then the isolator might not further improve the sound quality. You’re welcome to give it a try and send it back for a full refund if it doesn’t help with your unique situation. You can also contact us if in doubt.

Will it fix the noise I’m getting from my sound card/microphone/midi keyboard/other device?
It will fix noises that are caused by ground loops, often presented as whining, buzz or loud shh noises. As long as the problem is not caused by the microphones/preamps itself (some microphones are noisy!) then it’s very likely to fix the problem. You’re welcome to give it a try and send it back for a full refund if it doesn’t help with your unique situation.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If the connected device does not power up after sleep, or after reboot, or after standby (Windows)
Check and disable the USB port's power saving.

1. Windows device manager > Universal serial bus controller > (the USB controller for the port you use) > right click and chose "properties" > "power management" tab > uncheck “authorize computer to turn of this device to save power

2. Also check and disable: Control panel System > Power Options > Change plan settings Change advanced power settings > USB settings > USB selective suspend settings

If the connected device doesn't power up
Try both to connect the device to the isolator before connecting it to the computer, and the other way

 

Model: ISO-3
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
I bought a Focusrite 2i2 audio interface hoping to improve my computer audio set up only for my hopes to get destroyed by this annoying ground loop noise that got picked up through usb!(most likely because of a bad and old motherboard) I scrambled around for a solution and ended up here at Hifimediy and took the 90 dollar gamble to try to solve my issue. Boy am I glad I did because this thing really works. Thanks Hifimediy!
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5 ( 5 / 5 )
Works perfectly with an Octa-Capture (Roland), multichannel USB2 soundcard. It just stopped 99,9% of electric noise I had because of the ground loop in my system. Thx.
on
5 ( 5 / 5 )
Unfortunately it didnt work for my issue but their customer service is fantastic and i quickly received a full refund. I recommend at least giving it a try, you have nothing to lose
on
5 ( 5 / 5 )
I'm very pleased. I wanted to get rid of the high frequency noise from the power supply. I managed to cut off that noise, but surprisingly, the sound quality jumped to a higher level. The bass went lower and the sound got deeper. Before that I used a lot of ifi equipment that didn't help anything: ifi iSilencer, ifi iDefender+iPower, ifi AC iPurifier and ifi Mercury. I have only a small problem. This galvanic isolator is very sensitive to current interference. Sometimes when I turn on the light or turn on the oven it resets the USB connection to DAC and stops playing. I don't know what to do about it yet. Sometimes it goes to sleep. I use it with Nvidia Shield TV Pro 2019.
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1 ( 1 / 5 )
I just received this item. Unfortunately for me, it does not even give power to my RME Babyface (original). Guess I am forever stuck with USB noise in my recordings until I get a new interface.

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