Originally Posted by pepar
I was not aware JRiver would output MCH DSD over HDMI. Or are you doing USB to external MCH DAC.
Is there an Audyssey Pro solution that can be integrated into an HTPC?
Jeff - not entirely sure, but I do not think JRiver can bitstream DSD via HDMI, but it can via USB with the appropriate ASIO driver, like Exasound's, and compatible DAC. I tried that briefly yesterday. Superficially, I thought JRiver's on-the-fly translation to 88k PCM sounded about as good. Which is to say pretty darned good, even without EQ which I hope to install today.
JRiver can also do DSD/DoP over USB for other DACS like Mytek. But, DSD is, of course, incompatible with the settings in JRiver for speaker distance and bass management, not to mention Dirac Live or any other EQ package.
I am aware of no PC version to apply Audyssey MultEQ filters to the signal, other than the IK ARC-2 I mentioned previously. It has similar functionality to Pro for calibration, from what I can see. But, its intent is for monitoring as part of a stereo, I believe, Digital Audio Workstation.
But, in this fast moving world of technology, it strikes me that Audyssey will have to keep working hard to stay abreast. XT/32 was a very good thing, and it is not that old. But, other contenders have popped up in the PC arena. They might have a better, even more sophisticated technical approach starting with a clean slate. Dirac Live might possibly be one such contender, and its endorsement and selection for the all-out Datasat prepro says a lot. I would want to try it even if Audyssey had a suitable PC product.
It also strikes me that Audyssey has not really emphasized improving its core EQ technology. And, Pro has languished for years as we well know. Are they resting on their laurels? They have seemed more interested in mass market consumer items for some time rather than continued improvement of the basic SQ of the EQ process. Bells and whistles - DSX, DEQ, etc. - have not moved me in any way; I do not use them or feel I need them.
So, now that they have lost Onkyo/Integra, where do they go from here? And, incidentally, how far does Onkyo get with that piece of underperforming crap they call an EQ system?