I have the Smyth A8 Realiser, it has a HDMI input which I would like to take advantage of. I am trying to keep the signal digital until it reaches the DAC, then Balanced XLR to the amp. The Realiser has 7.1 analogue inputs, but that would mean D/A > A/D > D/A.
Bluray/PC > Pre-pro > Realiser > DAC > Amp > Headphones
At the moment I have the PC connected directly to the Realiser with HDMI, this works with multi channel PCM, but I would really like to add a Processor.