I recently put a Bluesound Node 2i into my system. The initial connection was to use the analog output of the Node to the analog input of the MC700. I found the sound to be a little more forward with what appeared to be better detail in the mid to higher frequencies. I thought the lower frequency sound from the Node 2i was definitely more suppressed than what I was used to with a HDMI connection from my PC. Today, I switched to the digital coax output of the Node to the coax input on the MC700 and the bass robustness was restored to what I had been accustomed to. I am running both inputs on the MC700 in Stereo mode where the EmoQ and all LFE effects are being processed. My subwoofer is in play in either input mode for the MC700, but the sub is more pronounced with the digital input vs. the analog input. So, if there is no difference in how the signals are being processed (EQ and such) in the MC700, can a DAC have that much effect on the overall frequency content? Would you expect that much difference in the DAC in the MC vs the Bluesound?
Emotiva MC-700 Emotiva XPA-5 G3 Emotiva CD-100 Bluesound Node 2i Elac UF5 Elac UC5 Polk RTi6 RSL Speedwoofer 10S Sony UBP-X700 Sony PS-HX500 Harmony 665
I assume that in stereo mode the analog input gets digitized by the MC-700. So the analog output of the Bluesound Node 2i DAC is being redigitized. I think there is a direct mode that does not redigitize, but the sub circuit which is digital may not work.