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Is Analog out or Digital Out better?

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So I was thinking...  since my wife hates my new HT system in the morning and at night because I "play it too loud?!", maybe I should look at options.   Ok, so the in wall 1500 watt subs are mounted on the opposite side of the wall from her bedroom... so maybe I get it! :)

 

So my preamp blew and I won't have the budget for another $3k unit until next fall so I am looking for options...

 

I am 90% watching movies over Direct TV.  All 5.1 DD from a Genie receiver that has analogue (RCA) stereo out and also has Optical out.  It does have an HDMI that is going to the TV.

 

Question: Would it be better for me to use the stereo out of the Genie to feed my Musical Fidelity X-Can v2 headphone amp and then out to my Grado RS-1's?

 

*or*

 

Use the Coax Digital output to something like a Schiit Bifrost, which I think takes a coax digital in and then to the RCA analogue inputs on the MF X-Can 2 to the Grado's?

 

I want to keep this project under $500..preferable $100-300

 

Thoughts?

post #2 of 7

Altough I have used a Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 for many years, I am not familiar with either the Genie or the Bifrost.

 

The question is, wich of these two component has the best D/A converter. My guess would be that the Genie probably has a basic D/A converter, so I would go with the second option.

 

Hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by MichaelJames99 View Post
 

So I was thinking...  since my wife hates my new HT system in the morning and at night because I "play it too loud?!", maybe I should look at options.   Ok, so the in wall 1500 watt subs are mounted on the opposite side of the wall from her bedroom... so maybe I get it! :)

 

So my preamp blew and I won't have the budget for another $3k unit until next fall so I am looking for options...

 

I am 90% watching movies over Direct TV.  All 5.1 DD from a Genie receiver that has analogue (RCA) stereo out and also has Optical out.  It does have an HDMI that is going to the TV.

 

Question: Would it be better for me to use the stereo out of the Genie to feed my Musical Fidelity X-Can v2 headphone amp and then out to my Grado RS-1's?

 

*or*

 

Use the Coax Digital output to something like a Schiit Bifrost, which I think takes a coax digital in and then to the RCA analogue inputs on the MF X-Can 2 to the Grado's?

 

I want to keep this project under $500..preferable $100-300

 

Thoughts?

 

I think this boils down to the question of whether the Genie has a better DAC or the Schiit Bifrost has a better DAC (since DirectTV is digital).  If the Genie has a better DAC, you'll want to just connect the X-Can straight to the Genie and let it be.  However, if the Schiit has a better DAC (I'd like to assume it does), then you'll want to connect the Schiit between the Genie and X-Can to get the better output.  In the second instance, the Genie simply acts as a pathway to the Schiit and as far as the audio signal is concerned, as if the Genie was never there.  

post #4 of 7

That's pretty much what I've said.

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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post
 

That's pretty much what I've said.

 

Yeah...  We were typing at the same time...  XD 

post #6 of 7

Go with the digital out (go with Optical) into something like a Bifrost.

 

I say optical because you get less EMI noise, ground loops, and the lot with a cable that doesn't use conductors.

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Thread Starter 

For movies, where in the chain would a Jvc Su-DH1 or similar dolby headphone processor be?

Would you go from Direct TV Genie to SU-DH1 to BiFrost to Amp to Headphones?

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