For some time I was wondering how to use the Digital inputs on Trinnov. Modified OPPO was one of the way to go and I was strongly considering it but the Vanity board for the 103 is not ready yet. I started to think if a HTPC could do it for me and started to research Sounds cards with DB 25 connector. Apparently RME are famous with their Audio interface and I stopped my choice on RME AES 32. Apparently this card was used in the first generation of Trinnov.
I contacted Steiger Dynamics ( https://www.steigerdynamics.com/shop-leet-systems.aspx
) new company which specialises in HTPC. People there were of tremendous help, very high professionals which turned every stone to meet my requirements. They use only the best parts on the market at very reasonable price.
I had my HTPC now already for 2 months and I can simply say that is absolutely stunning. You can keep it in your living room since it looks very stylish.
I connected the HTPC with Trinnov via DB 25-DB25 cord. The setting of the RME card was a bit tricky but once you get around this the final results are stunning.
For playback I use the J River with ASIO driver. Apparently by using the ASIO driver you get the pure digital sound to Trinnov. I compared the sound from Trinnov connected to Rhapsody and from the HTPC. As we all know the rate of improvements diminish with throwing more money into the high fidelity systems. Rhapsody itself is a great processor but the digital path cleared the sound, improve the sound stage and increased the dynamics.
Now I started to realise what the people who heard the ADA Reference and use the DATASAT have in mind when they say that "there is an improvement". The difference....fraction of the price for new processor!
Now I can use my HTPC for watching DVD, BD, listening movies, even playing games. All equipment is connected via the HTPC to Trinnov. I stopped using my BD player and ripped all my CDs to FLAC and enjoying great sound from my Paradigm speakers....
Extremely happy and if someone would like to pursue this road, think about the people from Steiger Dynamics....highly recommended.