I've been reading around about the iLink, firewire, IEEE 1394, what ever you want to call it
But I have not come across anything where the actual 'qualities', 'drawbacks' have been discussed.
I've got a Z9, and just received a Denon 3910 (also have an A11/5900, but haven't really tested it much)
I setup everything on the Z9 to how I like and how it should be.
I then took the temporary A11 away (unhooking 12 cables!) and put the 3910 in its place.
I then connected in my component cables for video and the provided iLink cable for audio. I was a bit sceptical that this wasn't right, so 'little' connections to make, so I also hooked up the coax and two RCA cables for stereo audio from CD's.
I turned the 3910 on and setup it up; the main change was to turn on firewire.
?? WHAT?? No options to change for digital connections (optical and coax), no analogue connection options, not Muti/Stereo options, no filters, bass enchantments. Odd???
Anyway, I went to the Z9, and made sure everything was recognised OK then started to put in some disks.
After the first DVD and CD, I took out the coax and RCA cables I hooked up, realising they werenâ€™t necessary.
I then played a number of DVD-A, and normal DVD's with multiple formats.
Star Wars: DD (EX)
A Night at the Opera, Queen: MPL DVD audio, DTS 24/196, PCM
Cheskys DVD-Audio setup disk: DVD audio, and custom 4 channel music.
Master and Commander: DTS
And the list goes on, not including all the CD's
EVERY single format was decoded and played perfectly. I was impressed!
the Z9 picked it all up, perfect, correct speaker icons turned on, all formats, etc.
So, my question after all this;
Is there a catch with iLink?
Is the quality over IEEE 1394 not so good (I couldn't tell a difference, even in CD playback with stereo)
Are there drawbacks to the medium, and reasons why you would still use 9 cables to connect your systems up in audio?
But digital is digital, a bit is a bit, a byte is a byte, 101011 is 101011. So theoretically, there should be better connectivity and detail over iLink than analogue, no?
I can see the huge advantage now that HDMI will have, only one cable and everything coming across it.
Please let me know what you think; especially if you would still use analogue connections over digital.
Because really, the only thing I am using the 3910 for, is video, everything on the audio side inside the player is basically by-passed, isn't it. Is that a waste?
(i wasn't sure where to post this, so i hope here is OK)