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Genelec 8050-Plug Préamp DAC

nicolas-en-inde, muokattu 6 Vuodet sitten.

Genelec 8050-Plug Préamp DAC

Youngling Viestejä: 4 Liittymispäivä: 5.4.2016 Viimeisimmät viestit
I would like to plug this system
Mac ladtop, to pream-DAC to Genelec 8050
What kind of cables ?
How I can do that and what kind of Préamp-DAC ?
Best regards
ilkka-rissanen, muokattu 6 Vuodet sitten.

Re: Genelec 8050-Plug Préamp DAC

Yoda Viestejä: 2564 Liittymispäivä: 23.3.2009 Viimeisimmät viestit
Hi,

There are probably hundreds if not thousands or different preamps/DACs available from various manufacturers. It is really difficult for me to just recommend one. Do you have a local hifi shop you could visit? Cables are typically balanced XLR cables.
laparn, muokattu 6 Vuodet sitten.

Re: Genelec 8050-Plug Préamp DAC

Padawan Viestejä: 39 Liittymispäivä: 20.6.2015 Viimeisimmät viestit
Hi!

I concur in Ilkka´s statement. There are tons of decent DAC:s out there. The trick is to find your flavor. It all depends on your use and need of versatility. Studio or home use? How many inputs? What type of media; streaming, download? What are your preferences? Volume Control? Remote? Headphone preamp? Budget? Etc.?

If you want to go fully balanced from DAC to speaker, you narrow your field of choice. From my personal experience I cannot any longer insist balanced is necessary for home use. I used to cable my gears fully balanced but today I have a single 3.5mm mini jack output from my DAC going to my sub (Genelec F Two) with RCA input. From sub to speaker (Genelec 8330) I cable fully balanced, i.e. XLR-XLR.

What I kind of intend is that you can possibly use a mini jack to XLR cable and come along fine even if you "break" the fully-balanced-idea. But it depends on your use. Studio? Probably XLR.


First, due to my recent interest in downloading HD music and using laptop/iPad/iPhone as my primary signal source, I have fallen in love with Chord Mojo. A fantastic product making even Spotify (320kbps) streaming enjoyable from a SQ point of view. Chord Mojo do only offer 3.5mm mini jack outputs though but SQ wise...no difference.

If you insist for XLR:s you can go for a Chord Hugo TT which offer XLR out...as well as further input options than the pocket size Mojo. The Chord Hugo TT, on the other and, add a few figures to the price making the field of options wider with a lot of great competitors. It is a matter of taste.

If your primary use is laptop only, I can also recommend another fantastic product...since I reckon you will use the USB for the signal out. Correct?
It will always be a debate about digital signal "quality" but there are indeed options improving the signal path performance when using USB.
My most recent purchase is a Wired4Sound Recovery USB Reclocker (W4S RUR). Wow! If the sound improved A LOT adding the Chord Mojo to my system, the Recovery added another level. Double WOW!!! There are "business people" claiming there is no difference between a MacMini+DAC+W4S RUR and a Aurelic Aries streamer. (Google and notice te price difference...) That´s quiet amazing and my verdict is pretty much the same. An outstanding combination when laptop or similar is used for playing music.

USB Cables=> Curious US Cables from Australia

Player=> Audirvana+ in a Mac. Onkyo HF Player in a iPad/iPhone.

Speaker cables? I´d say this is of minor need of upgrade as long as you improve the signal path closer to the source. My upgrade suggestion is in following order:
1. DAC (Chord Mojo, Chord, Hugo, Chord Hugo TT, Benchmarks DAC2 HGC...)
2. USB recovery (Wired4Sound Recovery USB Reclocker, UpTone Regen...)
3. USB Cables (Curious Cables)
4. speaker Cables (your pick. I use Vovox which I love)

Good luck!