Originally Posted by maxfli
Great thread and very useful in sorting out the SQ pros and cons of the 105. I am interested in upgrading from my BDP-95 to the 105 and have questions on where to best set up the 105.
Currently, I have the 95 in my eq rack at the back of my HT room. It is connected by HDMI to my Integra DHC-80.3 for movies only and by XLR outs to a McIntosh C-50 pre-amp for 2 channel audio. I use the HT pass through on the Mac from the 80.3 for movies. The Mac pre-amp has long run XLRs (30'+) connected to amps on my stage in a FL/FR bi-amp setup.
I would like to place the 105 on the stage and go directly into the amps with shorter XLRs. This would also allow me to sell the C-50. However, this would require a long HDMI run (30') back to the Integra in order use the 105 for BluRays/DVDs.
A second alternative is to replace the 95 with the 105 in the eq rack with the same setup as the 95 and keep the C-50.
A third alternative is to hookup the 105 at the front of the stage as described above and leave the 95 in the rack attached to the DHC-80.3 for movies.
My priority is 2 channel audio, so I can live with a small drop off in PQ and SQ from the 95 for BluRays and DVDs. Which would be the best setup of the three alternatives above?
Thanks in advance,
I don't follow how you are going to connect the 105 directly to the amps or 2-channel, but ALSO connect the 80.3 to those same amps for multi-channel for movies. It's the same input on the amps, right? At the moment, your C-50 is allowing that, but if you eliminate the C-50, how are you thinking to accomplish this?
If you were thinking to run XLR to the fronts even for multi-channel (set to Stereo Signal FRONT LEFT/RIGHT), and HDMI through the 80.3 and thence to the amps for your other speakers, I think I'd be worried about relative signal timing (phase). It will be impossible to make that work, for example, if the 80.3 "helpfully" adds audio delay to match its *VIDEO* processing time, as that audio delay won't be present on the XLR output pair to your fronts.
Purely for the 2-channel part of the problem, another solution would be to run long XLR from the 105 in your rack to your amps in the front of the room. Sufficient quality XLR interconnects of that length won't be cheap of course, but you've already got a pair of those that may suffice.