I am looking to buy the mdac to pair with my DSM3's. (upgrading from dacmagic) Do you connect your speakers via analogue or digital? I would like to go the digital route which should be no problem but I'm wondering if the mdac still processes the signal and adds "its own sound signature". (something I want) Or is it a purely passthrough channel.
Hi, I personally don't really know 100% as I used the analogue outputs. I would guess that it would not process the signal since the sabre chip would have to do so thus it would be an analogue signal right?
The manual says:
By default the optical and coaxial outputs are set to spdif. In this mode the m-dac outputs a re-clocked jitter attenuated signal to external dac.
Clock Lock - This provides a jitter free clock locked connection with compatible cd transports
Make with that what you will, I'm guessing it's just a passthrough but removes jitter so while it will produce a better sound I don't know if the sound will be the same as the one from the analogue outputs or not. Hey I'm not afraid to say that I'm probably the last person to be answering technical questions but maybe those snippets from the manual will help. If not hopefully somebody else will chime in and help you out soon.
Edited by Sleepaphobic - 2/24/12 at 7:29am