Originally Posted by GGA
One thing I have always wondered about in using a external DAC only for only the L/R is how it would blend with the Center channel. Assuming the DAC makes an appreciable difference it might not be ideal when you using all three front channels??
This is a very good point and the answer is no, not in my opinion. Timbre matching for the front 3 of a video system
, at least to my ears and of course IMHO, is at a gross
("macro") level, whereas the nutty audiophilia differences, that come with the Gen VIII, tend to be at a minute level, yet equally significant
, for 2 channel music audio
. (Except for the bass, which is just out of this world for any Theta stand alone DAC.)
In my own experience: I happen to have 2 center speakers that I alternate, Thiel MCS vs. Aerial CC5, as far as timbre matching for smooth panning, etc., it has been extremely hard for me to tell between when the Aerial CC5 is there vs. Thiel MCS. Timbre matching is not an easy issue: even within a speaker line, I've found that my small Thiel speaker has different timbre than my Thiel tower, and the old Thiel sounds different than the new Thiel. Thankfully, my ears do not detect these differences well.
And yes I did make a distinction between audio vs. video
. *Not* to say at all that I am right, just how I do it: my standard when evaluate 2 channel audio (image focus, front soundstage layers, transparency) is at a totally different level
, and in many ways much more stringent, than video. The picture of a video system tends to overwhelm
the minute differences that are so important in an audiophilia evaluation. Taking us back to your original question, and my answer: IMHO, no, Gen VIII for those so lucky is not going to hurt anything!