Originally Posted by Sound&Life
If I can get as good results (or better) in connecting the Trinnov in digital, why keeping the Ada unit ?
I do not use ADA's features (PEQ, DSP modes, Xover, ....) but just use it like a digital/analog switch (and for decoding audio tracks).
If the tests I'm going to do are ok, I just need to buy a spdif (coax/optical) to AES converter + 1 AES card for the Trinnov.
Look at the Cinema Reference unit (USD45k). It's the Trinnov's DAC / analog stages inside the unit instead of ADA's ones...
After testing several HT processors past 3 years (Classe SSP800, Lexicon, TAG, Arcam, ...), I confirm the ADA is the best I ever had (got the 7.1 HD unit and now the Mach IV HD).
The second one is the Arcam 888.
ok, I agree with u..
but if I need to connect several sources (sat, brplayer,mediaserver, console)
trying to get the best from them in the same way (digitally into the trinnov to use only
trinnov dacs) and need some modes like dolby plIx to get 7 channels from 5 or 2 channels sources
the choice becomes almost impossible taking into consideration the downsampling due to hdmi..
If I could get an all in one source (br,sat and mediaplayer) with digital outputs (no hdmi just like a modded oppo I think)and
going digitally into the Datasat (the only pre with both digital inputs and outputs even if at the moment without Dolby true hd and prologic IIx)
could I get all that I want without downsampling?
alternatives are Ada mach IV b analog into the trinnov
or Theta Casablanca IIIhd digitally into the trinnov (but with all the sources hdmi connected to the CBIII I would get downsampling)
I really don't know what to do:(