Long-distance USB transmission is generally not recommended due to the fact that it can cause signal degradation and data loss. The USB specification limits a cable's length to 3 to 5 meters. USB cables that are longer may not be compliant with the standard and can cause data loss or corruption when playing Hi-Res music. C16 is developed to tackle this problem, and by converting the signal to coaxial S/PDIF format, the transmission length can go up to more than 20 meters. It becomes very useful when you have a large dedicated audio room that needs long cables.
The commonly found S/PDIF products on the market limit transmission at 96kHz/192kHz. DA&T C16 raises the bar and provides true 32 bits/384kHz USB audio input to SPDIF digital coax transmission and is one of the key components of DA&T D.D.S. system configuration.
C16 can also be integrated with other audio systems. Since it follows the USB and S/PDIF protocol, it is universally compatible with other audio equipment that follows the same standard.