As was discussed in the AP20 thread, Dirac Live is also an excellent tool for stereo setups. The question I have regards Dirac Live and the use of a different Preamp (for a personal reasons I would like to use the AP20 only for the HT, and would like to use a different preamp for the stereo system).
I will be using a preamp that can input and output digital signals (MH ULN-8), ideally I would like to explore Dirac Live with it, but with the least amount of degradation to the original signal. As I understand it, there are two units that could be used for this, the DL2 or DL3. The DL3, which comes out in the summer, differs from the DL2 in that it has XLR in/outs (to be honest, not critical), and digital in (will it have digital out?).
The preamp will be used also as a digital x-over, so it will have 6 outs plus sub despite being only stereo. From our discussion in the AP20 thread, it is my understanding that Dirac Live generally operates with the individual channel as opposed to each output with the AP20. So there are two general lines of inquiry I would like to pursue:
1. Using the DL processors, will Dirac Live work better if it just receives a stereo input (i.e. only 3 [main speakers and sub] of the five inputs are used), or can it also be configured by using 6 inputs for the main speakers and 1 for the sub even though there are only 2.1 channels?
2. If I want to remain in the digital domain with the Dirac Live, will the DL3 output in a digital format as well? Does the x-over work from a channel perspective or would I be able to create multiple outputs to a stereo system (i.e. the DL3 operating also as an active x-over)?
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