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Recommendations for DAC with pre-amp with remote control (for home theater usage)

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Hi,

 

I have a home theater setup (2 devices: HTPC and Blu-ray player) and I want to use active speakers (with XLR, TRS, or RCA inputs) in a stereo configuration (and maybe a sub).  I'm wondering what people recommend for a DAC with pre-amp.  

 

Must have requirements are:

  1. At least 1 TOSLINK (optical) input
  2. At least 1 USB input
  3. Inputs directly selectable via remote control (without having to loop though all the inputs to get to the one you want).  This is often referred to as a "discrete IR code."  The unit has to support this even if the remote that comes with the unit doesn't support it.  This is important so a universal remote control can be programmed for "watch movie" and the correct audio input gets selected and is never out of sync.
  4. Volume control via remote control
  5. Decent sounding (no power supply hum, static noise, etc)
  6. Quite small (to fit on my fireplace mantel)

 

I also would like it to be under $600 if possible.

 

So far most DACs don't come with a remote and the ones that do don't have discrete IR codes for selecting the input (AFAICT).  

 

The one device that nearly meets my requirements is the Emotiva XDA-1 ($250) but after reading through reviews there are a lot of complaints about the audio quality and reliability of the product.  Aside from that the XDA-1 is likely too large for me (and oddly half of the space inside the enclosure is empty).

 

The Matrix Mini-i looks appealing but the remote doesn't have separate input selector buttons.  I don't know if any has figured out if the unit itself supports discrete IR codes to change the input.  If someone has a Mini-i I could help you to try to figure this out.

 

Does anyone have any recommendations?  How do people use actives speakers in a home theater type setup?   

 

Thanks,

 

Glen

post #2 of 2
Hi mate

I realise this thread is ancient, but I have the very same question to ask.

Did you ever find out if the matrix dac had a discrete IR code?

Thanks
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