Originally Posted by HTCrazy
Can anyone tell me how well the Cinema 11 does with analog? I'm looking at purchasing a used one to replace my Cinema 6 that was fried by a power surge. I've long since stopped using my Cinema 6 for HT and just use it as a 2 channel preamp mated with my Cinema 5 amp. I'm hoping the 11 is at least as good as the 6 in analog bypass which sounded pretty darned good.
Do you really mean 11 vs 11a? If so then here are my impressions.
I have an 11 with older firmware (not the latest).
The basis for my comparison is an Aragon Stage One, which has a very, very good bypass.
The 11's bypass is really noise free and transparent. Enough so that (not DBT) I could hear a bit of difference between when the DSP was engaged and when it wasn't. I really like the sound on bypass. I like it enough to switch my 7.1 analog in from DSP to bypass.
The downside to the analog is that, at least on my version of the firmware, it doesn't always detect the analog signal. Then you have to switch back and forth among the inputs until it picks it up. Really annoying because sometimes you have to try several times. I cut my DAC from the signal path for this reason but the Cary's DAC is at least as good as my external DAC (a Bifrost).
I think this is related to the input seek feature but I'm not sure about that.