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Cabling in stereo setup --- direct or daisy chaining?

svart-hvitt, modified 5 Years ago.

Cabling in stereo setup --- direct or daisy chaining?

Padawan Posts: 35 Join Date: 5/6/16 Recent Posts
This question is regarding AES/EBU cabling of two 8351a monitors in a stereo setup.

You have two options regarding the cable route:

1) Daisy chaining using one AES/EBU cable from the digital source (DDC).
2) Using two AES/EBU cables from the digital source DDC (the DDC has two internal, parallel, equally serviced AES/EBU outputs).

Option 1 is the most conventional one. However, if the digital-to-digital-converter (DDC) has two AES/EBU outputs, there may exist a more elegant solution (i.e. option 2) to cabling than daisy chaining, right?

Is there reason to believe that one solution will yield a qualitatively different result than the other option? Is there just an esthetical difference between the two options, where option 2, in my opinion, represents the most esthetical one?
ilkka-rissanen, modified 5 Years ago.

Re: Cabling in stereo setup --- direct or daisy chaining?

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Sound quality wise, there is absolutely no difference between these options.
svart-hvitt, modified 5 Years ago.

Re: Cabling in stereo setup --- direct or daisy chaining?

Padawan Posts: 35 Join Date: 5/6/16 Recent Posts
Thanks Ilkka for clear answer!

So the cabling options rest on purely esthetical and practical considerations then.

For example, esthetically it feels better to make direct routes instead of going via one more box.

Practically, it is convenient to have optional cable routes depending on one's system layout.

I guess, having more options is simply better than having less options.

;-)