Originally Posted by mattg3
Originally Posted by arnyk
If you can route this cable so that it is inconspicious and safe then it won't have an adverse effect on the fine sound quality of the Audioengine A5+ computer speakers. The speakers have their own power amplfiiers and so this cable has a very very light load on it. The cable is nomally driven from a high quality low impedance source (computer green output jack), so that the cable will plcae a very light load on the source that is driving it.
This can be a fine but unecessarily complex and costly solution compared to the simple cable solution.
I've done measurements of high quality audio gear using very sensitive test equipment using cables like the one you mention without any noticable problems.
My living room is long enough so that back in the day when I used high quality wired headphones, I had to use a cable just like the one you mention. I dare say that my Sennheiser HD 580 headphones had even higher resolution than your fine little speakers.
Either solution should provide identical audible results.
Thanks for your great reply.Sounds like you have had experience with great audioengine products.
Not specifically them, but they are what they are and similar things in audio perform in a similar way. Audioengine speakers have a good reputation.
I have their DAC1 connected to my computer and A2 speakers as well as the A5+ but they are not in a great place and i need to move them.My issue is that if i use the W3 I can wirelessly send the signal but not at 24 bits like im used to hearing from the DAC1 since it only sends 16 bit.Not sure If this will be a big sonic let down for me?I also have to take into account that my speaker with W3 will be on the same stand as my comcast internet router which might cause some interference.If i use the 25 ft cable it will be coming out of the A2 connected to the Dac1 thus it will be sending a 24 bit signal but it will have to go under rugs and across a room where foot path is present.Lots of money saved if i go with cable but i have to weigh out the safety factor. Nothing is simple in a condo.
I've been doing lsitenign tests of 16 bits versus 24 bits for well over a decade, and so have a number of my friends. This is actually one of those issues in audio that technical people like to spar over.
Not only is 16 bits not a let down, I don't know of anybody who can reliably hear any difference at all with AV and music recordings, no matter how good their ears, how clean the recording, or how high resolution the playback system.
The core reason is that there are no actual recordings that have enough dynamic range to tax the capabilities of 16 bits. Almost all recordings are totally unaffected even if downsampled to 14 bits. Been there, done that.