Originally Posted by darinf
I plan on using a media player like the Western Digital WDTV Live as my source. I feed the output of that to the Realiser via HDMI.
I don't know that this will work. The Realiser accepts HDMI input, but the source device must deliver "decoded multi-channel digital LPCM" format for the audio over that HDMI connection. It cannot deliver still-encoded DTS/DD audio over that HDMI connection, as the Realiser does not contain any software to decode that still-encoded audio signal.
From what I can surmise, that WDTV device does not do this... unless I'm wrong.
Normally, BluRay players are the only standard source devices I've seen which do contain the ability to decode DTS/DD and deliver the decoded audio as digital LPCM out over HDMI.
[quote]Then the line out audio from the back of the Realiser to the Stax amp.[/quote]
The L/R-stereo headphone output from the Realiser goes to the line-inputs of the Stax amp.
Or, you can inject an external DAC on this path. Optical output from the Realiser goes to the optical input of the DAC, and then L/R-stereo RCA output from the DAC goes to the line-inputs of the Stax amp. Or, if you have a better Stax amp and a better DAC, you can go L/R-stereo XLR output from the DAC to the XLR input of the better Stax amp.
[quote]But my main question is where do you put the headphone amp? Do you put it near the equipment shelves/rack and then have a long enough headphone cord to reach to your listening position?
Or do you use long line level RCA cables from the Realiser and put the headphone amp near your listening position?[/quote]
Probably up to you. I don't think there would be much difference either way.
In my case, I have the headphone amp near the rest of the equipment, which meant I had to buy a Stax "extension cord" to allow me to sit in my usual viewing/listening position and have the headphone cord+extension still be able to reach the amp.
Edited by dsperber - 7/10/12 at 10:00pm