Originally Posted by Tip24/96
Are you attempting to make it to where you don't have to rely on a receiver or pre/pro?
The short answer is: Yes, sort of....
We all know that technology changes.
Especially: discs, audio formats, channel count, players, processor features/capabilities, and digital wires like HDMI.
The conventional strategy is separates.
A player, connected to a processor, connected to amplifiers.
The problem is: every time you upgrade your processor, you lose all of your speaker settings.
This isn't much of a problem if you don't have active multi-way speakers, and only 1 or 2 subs.
But when you have multiple many-way active's and an array of active subs, that is a HUGE pain in the arse.
The other problem is: SQ and routing.
DCX's and miniDSP's don't exactly have the best SQ. The noisefloor isn't super great.
(I have high hopes for the Motu. I hope they don't disappoint.)
But most importantly is routing
The DCX only has 3 in's. A miniDSP only has 10 in's (at most).
This is a problem if you are trying to input a 12+ channel Atmos stream (and whatever else they think up in the future)
and then split it into 20 active speaker-drivers and 32 active subs.
The miniDSP can't accept or route past 10 (without spaghetti wiring 6 of them together!)
The Motu's on the other hand have significantly higher channel-count routing.
The 8A/16A is able to do 128 simultaneous channels in and out at full 24/96 Bluray quality, over 1 Cat5 cable. All of this in 1 rack-unit.
Unfortunately the 24's are limited to 64 channels in and 32 channels out, per device @ 24/96, over 1 Cat5 cable; and 32x16@192khz (Still plenty for me.)
With a single Motu router you can easily route 48 analog inputs to 72 analog outputs with 2 ai's and 3 ao's. Via 5 Cat5 cables.
Making for a very sleek, tangle-free/headache-free experience.
Attach a 2nd router and a 8A/16A and now you can push the 48x72 into 1 USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt cable (if you needed to...)
[Note: A stack of up-to 5040 routers are supported, each handling 1024 digital channels in/out.]
With Motu handling the hardware routing, and my app handling the XO's/EQ's, I basically have unlimited processing capabilities, (and it remembers your settings, even when HDMI 9.0 comes out and your player and processor is upgraded!)
The interface being all-analog XLR.
Analog is forever!
2-ch? No problem!
Dolby Surround? No problem!
Dolby Digital? No problem!
DTS? No problem!
HD/Master Audio? No problem!
Atmos? No problem!
Some future format that doesn't even exist yet? No problem!
But I want to change my XO's, EQ's on the fly? No problem!
But I want to add more than 32 speakers/subs? No problem!
But I want to add multiple many-way active's? No problem!
But I want to add LFE to all the channels, including the Atmos heights? No problem!
But I want a rear-height center and back-center matrixed from the heights and surrounds, and similar for wides or top-center? No problem!
But I want the LFE to go to just the mains but not the others, or vice-versa? No problem!
But I want to filter out bass from all the channels and redirect it to all the subs? No problem!
Or just a select group of subs, including from 2ch sources without changing modes or re-wiring anything? No problem!
But I want the bass from the heights to go to just the corresponding surrounds or vice-versa? No problem!
While the LFE goes there too, and the bass from the mains or just the center, or vice-versa? No problem!