Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Regina, SK, Canada
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Hi folks. I'm new to the 105 and a little dated in my A/V savvy, so go easy on me... I've read well over a hundred pages of the thread and, while it's all great content, I did kind of glaze over after a while. I have a 105 arriving in a couple days and it's only just dawned on me that my connection scenario may be a challenge.
Here's what I have: an older Denon 2809ci reciever. A pair of Simaudio W6 monoblock amps. A Panasonic plasma. And a minicomputer running Kodi as my only video source, backended by a NAS. And speakers obviously.
My primary desire for the 105 is redbook audio playback. I have no particular desire for multichannel audio listening. I'm pleased with my video capabilities using Kodi and generally rip or record all my video material so it's unlikely I'll ever use the 105 for its bluray or dvd handling. However it may be worthwhile running my Kodi HDMI output through the 105 for superior video processing, Darby etc and then to the Denon for audio processing.
I currently use the Denon's analog outputs to feed the two monoblock amps via RCA ICs for RL speakers and its internal amps for other speakers. But I really would prefer to use the amp's XLR inputs and I understand connecting them this way to the 105 would provide the music audio nirvana I'm seeking, courtesy of the pure direct path and superior DACs that connection offers.
For audio from the video source however... this presents an obvious problem. I'm wondering if it's possible to connect my monoblocks to both the 105 via XLR and to the Denon as I have now. There could only ever be one signal source active at any given time - either XLR when playing CDs or RCA when playing video (Kodi->105->Denon via HDMI). Seems ideal, given my electronics ignorance... Can someone provide me an indication of how expensive a mistake this would be to connect? ;-)