Originally Posted by rdjam
Thanks Shankar - yes, I was concerned about the impact on a dynamic range of having to adjust the volume digitally - I don’t know if there are other ways of doing it with any of the speaker options, or by expanding the bit depth in the Trinnov?
It is an interesting question that RDJAM poses.
I guess until someone has a system with both capabilities that a/bing will point to the answer.
One cannot compare a meridian to a Dagostino Alexa combo, so there is overkill bias going on with our friend's comparison.
I was planning on an altitude 16 Kii Three 12.2 ch Living Room cinema with 4 tops, so I went to the Toronto Audio Fair to listen to the Kii Threes with BXT.
For sure the excellent Trinnov Alcons Digital combination proves that the trinnov volume works extremely well. Then there are the new quested that take dante losslesly and feeds the woofers from the digital amp but output xlr's to have better a/b, a or triodes to drive the amt's.
What I came out after listening to the Kiis and a new elac powered column speaker from Andrew Jones, for my Living room cinema, is that despite great strides the best ncore amp lacks the warmth and emotion when applied to the midrange and tweeter. It is an impression, but the Dynaudio digital speakers lack the same finesse when compared to the classic line, to my ears. Andrew Jones seems to arrive to similar conclusions in this youtube.
The Kiis are an excellent speaker system for a 12 channel all digital setup, due to their unique cardioid dsp design they sound better the next time you hear them, [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG] but.. the ELACS discussed by the editors here i
n the bookshelf form are amazing active a/b powered ("CHAD"? amp designs).
The ELAC 2k columns will get best sound in show in a Canadian Magazine (I overheard), look it up next week. The name of the active line was going to be argos but now it will be something like Nauticus as Argos was Taken.
So my plan is now Trinnov Alt 16 with aes67 dante (LOSSLESS DANTE IS TOTALLY LOSSLESS) going to the speaker location and locally converting to a dac behind the speakers.
in a 9.1.6. And like in the Trinnov Alcons combo which is FLAWLESS, use the trinnov digital volume. As dacs get better it is an easy future upgrade.
So I am recommending after consideration, trinnov network digital out, local dac and active speakers, te elacs are meridian killers in some ways but there are a ton of quality active speakers out there, this gives me the best of all worlds, i hope.