Originally Posted by Fatiim
Hi ProtegeManiac, thanks for sharing your own experience.
I'm not into software and computer based music, as I did'nt move yet from the era of physical CD...
So I would prefer a hardware solution for crossfeed.
I'm just curious now about why you prefer the software crossfeed, or what do you didn't like in the hardware crossfeed. I have read that Meier has designed one of the more natural crossfeed, but unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to try it yet...
Like I said, it was not an issue of software or hardware being better per se, but only that software is easier to implement. Hardware crossfeed takes up space on the PCB, and so will any associated parts for variable settings, which is why in the newer Meier amps and DACs you have, what, three or four fixed settings, whereas in software it can be virtually any setting you want if properly coded into the software processor and can be handled by the DSP.
If you're into car audio here's a similar example. Back in the early to mid 90s we had to have a CD player, then that feeds into an external Crossover to split what goes into the tweeter, midwoofer, and subwoofer, then maybe an EQ box. When DSP chips came out, you can cram that same crossover and EQ into the CD receiver as it only takes one chip, along with a Time Alignment feature so you can program custom timing delays on the nearer speakers so everything arrive in sync. In other words, an Alpine deck with such a DSP chip can have more processing options than a cumbersome system that consists of an older Alpine CD or tape deck, Audiocontrol Crossover, and Audiocontrol EQ, each of which needs its own connection to the car battery on top of the amplifiers.