Post by knucklehead on Jan 4, 2017 22:56:28 GMT -5
AES/EBU is digital - XLR is analog. The interconnect is the same. I look at them the same as I do the RCA coax cables vs analog. I swap RCA cables between digital and analog use and I don't hear any difference. There might be some impedance differences between analog and digital versions but I doubt there will be any audio differences.
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Klipsch Speakers RF-5 fronts RC-7 center RS-7 side surrounds RS-7 rear surrounds RT-10d and Velodyne Digital Drive PLUS 10 subs Emotiva XMC-1 processor Emotiva XSP-1 preamp Emotiva XPA-2 & XPA-5 amps MHDT Balanced Stockholm NOS Tube DAC Panasonic TH-50PH9UK Professional plasma display Oppo UDP-203 HTPC 4-tuner DVR, Digital Music Server 2 Pure AV PF60 power conditioners 2 URC MX-990 remotes & MRF 350 RF bases
The AES cable is specd I think for 110 ohm and the analog 75 ohm - or was it the other way? The tricky bit is getting a AES source. The Emotiva CD players output AES as a soruce but I have had scant luck getting a single cable AES source from a PC at a price that's affordable.
There are professional cards with 16, 32 channel AES breakout cables but at that point when you are passing a 2 channel signal through one cable that separates in to 16 cables....well the idea of using that type of AES for 2 channel "purist" use becomes unappealing to me. I found a musiland card that produced a single BNC output from a dedicated PCI output but it has been discontinued.
Transport: Sony UBP-X700 UHD-Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)