Originally Posted by Sanctuary
Hello. I’m thinking of buying Bluesound Node 2i streamer to decode the MQA files from Tidal. I have a MRX 720 receiver. I have several questions how to connect both devices.
1. If I connect the Bluesound with the Anthem using analog out I’ll get the full hi-res quality of the MQA file but I’ll lose the bass management and ARC from the receiver. Is that correct?
2. If I connect the devices with optical cable I’ll retain the bass management and ARC but what quality of the MQA file will I get?
BGLaduc is correct that you do not lose ARC or Bass Management. You do however introduce an additional analog-to-digital conversion in the Anthem by connecting the Node2i via analog RCAs. Whether you will notice any difference in sound by this extra processing is something you'll have to judge.
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