Originally Posted by thebland
Is the reclocked JVB Oppo more ideal than HDMI from the Blu Ray player? I
wondering if the MC solution is one for me. Cool stuff.
There are three considerations;
Analog versus digital signal path. The only way to get is signal that starts life as HDMI into the Trinnov is through A/D conversion - the Oppo will be digital direct.
Clocking - I don't know the board JVB uses, but the Vanity board reclocks. I believe the JVB board does as well. So this should be another improvement
Protocol - HDMI is inherently an inferior protocol to cary high rez than 4 x S/PDIF. I am not an electronic engineer, but I believe the main reason is in HDMI the audio clock is derived from the video clock, whereas the 4 x S/PDIF is separed and reclocked.
So in my estimation this is a triple whammy and the Oppo digital route will trounce whatever you can achieve through HDMI source. In fact, I would think an Oppo digital into a Trinnov MC8 should sound as good if not better than the ADA reference. Of course, this is all deductive reasoning and in the final analysis only your ears will be able to tell.