Hi all , I had purchased a CXN years ago from our local dealer before they retired . I was using the PlayFi app that goes with Anthems AVM60 pre pro to stream my 44.1 WAV music files off my NAS drive .
I was having a lot of issues wirelessly , so I unboxed the CXN and tried it , but have a Ethernet going directly to it instead of using it wirelessly , and everything is stable as it gets .
Unfortunately, when I used the analog out of the CXN to the AVM60 , I had a lot of hiss in my speakers . I don’t have good quality rca cables on hand, so that my not have helped, but I’m doubtful. Btw , all my gear execept my amplifier and subwoofer are plugged onto monster power conditioner.
So I used the Toslink RCA jack out to my AVM60 and the hiss on my speakers is gone . I’m assuming I’m losing the benefit of the CXNs internal DACs this way? I’m told the DACs in the AVM60 are pretty good though regardless.
Anyways I think it sounds great . The CXN was actually suppose to be dedicated to a future stereo system I want to put in my basements gym , so I’m debating to buy the 851N for my main home theatre where I do my critical listening.
Reviews that people who own both are claiming there hearing better SQ with the 851N , whether it’s phycological I don’t know.
So I’m debating to cough up the cash for a 851n . I have some concerns about buying from third parties at Amazon.ca , as I read a lot of bad reviews there and sometimes wonder if there selling B stock?
Maybe I should find another source .
Anthem AVM60 , Anthem MCA525 .
Panasonic DP-UB820 UHD player .
Paradigm Studio CC690 V5 centre channel , Studio 100 V5’s front and rear . Paradigm PW-2200 subwoofer
Last edited by MajorTendonitis; 11-12-2018 at 11:28 AM.