This discussion is now drawn to AD/DA, as we said we miss interfaces for digital active speakers, and like the JL audio does not even have a digital input. In reality, we have SPDIF (IEC958/75ohm) and AES/EBU(110ohm) for digital transmission. But isn't it the chicken and egg principle, which was there first ? Are we missing digital interfaces or are we missing digital active speakers ?
For DACs comparison it would be cool, if someone would make a small unit with 4 different DACs in the same box one could switch through via remote, for double blind level matched a/b testing. Say, throw in a Wolfson, a BB, a selected BB and a Crystal DAC and whatever high end DAC, but same analogue out. If you hear then a clear difference, then the discussion is worthy. of course AD/DA needs to be done right, at least for the money we spend, but at 24/96 chances are very good you won't hear another conversion significantly. And if you do, what is worse as asked ? Another conversion, or to have a passive x-over/speaker and no bi- or tri-amping....we are circling here.