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TV/Record Player/Chromecast Audio/PC (digital and analog) into 8330+7350

samposounds, modified 1 Year ago.

TV/Record Player/Chromecast Audio/PC (digital and analog) into 8330+7350

Youngling Posts: 7 Join Date: 1/27/20 Recent Posts

Hi! I have the 8330 and 7350 SAM combo and would like to hook up many inputs to them for overall apartment use. What would you recommend to use for connecting a TV (has hdmi arc, toslink optical, or 3.5mm crappy analog out), record player with emotiva xps-1 preamp, Chromecast audio (can do analog or recommended optical out), and streaming/usb from a PC? I am looking at something like a Mackie Big Knob Studio Plus (https://www.amazon.com/Mackie-Audio-Interface-KNOB-Studio/dp/B01N21DGR2/) which has enough analog inputs (and a PC connection) but would be losing quality on the TV and Chromecast for using their analog outs. Should I chain a better DAC for the TV and Chromecast into the Mackie? Any suggestions? Thanks!

janne-koo, modified 1 Year ago.

RE: TV/Record Player/Chromecast Audio/PC (digital and analog) into 8330+735

Padawan Posts: 73 Join Date: 10/26/15 Recent Posts

It's really starting to sound pretty monotonic, but the RME ADI-2 Pro FS R mentioned in several threads might hit this niche as well - and there are very few good options, it seems, or at least no-one is mentioning any. It only has one each of USB, AES, coax, optical and analog inputs + outputs, but you could convert either the TV or CCA (which ever is less important) to coax with a cheap external brick. You could use it's ADC for the record player and connect the monitors+sub with AES only; ​​​​​​You'll never get an analog audio path with 8330's anyway, so why not...

samposounds, modified 1 Year ago.

RE: TV/Record Player/Chromecast Audio/PC (digital and analog) into 8330+735

Youngling Posts: 7 Join Date: 1/27/20 Recent Posts

Ah interesting, thanks! I wonder if something like a separate ADC for the record player and then just a digital switch could work too. I can't seem to find any good standalone ADC to toslink though.

samposounds, modified 1 Year ago.

RE: TV/Record Player/Chromecast Audio/PC (digital and analog) into 8330+735

Youngling Posts: 7 Join Date: 1/27/20 Recent Posts

Another option I'm considering -- mix both analog and digital!


1. Go digital from TV (toslink), Chromecast Audio (toslink), and PC (toslink or spdif?) into this automatic optical switcher: https://www.tindie.com/products/Beni_Skate/automatic-spdif-opticalrca-audio-switch/

2. Output of the digital switcher either as toslink out through a converter to aes/ebu like the Hosa ODL-312 https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-ODL-312-Converter-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B000068OGR, or from a coaxial output from the switch to aes/ebu through the Neutrik transformer (Neutrik NADITBNC-M https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/765116-REG/Neutrik_nenaditbncm_NADITBNC_M_AES_EBU_Impedance.html/overview). Which form would you recommend - converting toslink to aes or coaxial to aes?

3. aes/ebu into the Genelecs

4. Record player through analog audio amp into the analog input in the Genelecs

 

Would this make sense?

radzmar, modified 1 Year ago.

RE: TV/Record Player/Chromecast Audio/PC (digital and analog) into 8330+735

Youngling Posts: 19 Join Date: 6/25/20 Recent Posts

What about https://focusrite.com/de/audio-interface/scarlett/scarlett-18i8? It has a lot of inputs and supports SPDIF and TOSLINK as well. You can connect your 8330 and 7350 analog and digital to it. 

janne-koo, modified 1 Year ago.

RE: TV/Record Player/Chromecast Audio/PC (digital and analog) into 8330+735

Padawan Posts: 73 Join Date: 10/26/15 Recent Posts

Funny. ​​​​​​​I have Beni's 7-input S/PDIF switch in use, with a NADITBNC-M. I also have a Hosa ODL-312.

​​​​​​​All your options are valid; I'd recommend going the switch to coax S/PDIF to NADIT route. As long as ALL digital inputs to the switch are off, the Genelecs will use the analog input automatically, if you configure them to auto input mode (and don't run GLM software). I have my analog mixer main outs connected to the analog inputs. Half a dozen cables behind my 8330's and the 7350 is, of course, even worse... :-)

Beni's switch has its limitations (scans only when current input is silent and has a noticeable switching delay), but it has worked for me well enough that I don't think about it anymore, which is a big merit in itself.

​​​​​​​The ODL-312 I got much earlier, to use with Chromecast Audio while travelling (yes, really. :D)... Now it's more a novelty - but no, I'm not selling it. ​​​​​ODL-312 is a bit expensive and hard to find, it's heavy and justs oozes quality (but I haven't seen any actual measurements); Still, the coax route is widely considered better in the S/PDIF world and Genelecs eat it without an issue, so why add another active converter in the mix, when you don't have to.

​​​​​​​A good, separate ADC... Haven't found anything reasonable - that's why the RME has me twitching. Not cheap, but not insanely expensive either.