I just bought the Cary Audio Dms-500 streamer and will be looking to run the Cary xlr out to the XMC in reference stereo mode so that 1) the emotiva will act as a preamp and more importantly i can then set up a home theater bypass since the Cary doesnt have any rca inputs to tun it that way. Is there a better mode to eliminate all processing from the Emotiva then the Reference Stereo mode? Has anyone done anything like this and what is your feedback ? I seem to remember my old umc1 had a bypass mode in it..Hoping to keep the sonic qualities of the Cary piece intact when is flows thru the Emotiva. thanks
the reference stereo mode is essentially a bypass mode. It will do no room correction, peq, upsampling of channels, or bass management (your sub won't even have output in reference stereo). The only signal path the audio goes through in the xmc is the volume control.
direct is similar (it bypasses room correction / peq) but maintains bass management.
as a side note, that dms-500 makes a lot of claims about its sample rate, but its really just taking a source file and up scaling the sample rate. your not going to get any more quality out of a 96khz flac by having a device play it back at 700+khz. The XMC already has an amazing dac that you can utilize with async usb (if you want to avoid the hdmi clock), or with PCM 24 bit / 192khz... saves you an arm and a leg too!