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8330, DAC OR USB/AES3?
I just bought a pair of Genelec 8330 with APM pack, now I'm wondering if I should buy a dac or a USB/AES3 converter?
Have read a lot, but I do not become wiser, what do you think that I should invest in?
I have talked to a Swedish genelec seller who prefers a DAC, because of coloring the sound when you use a external usb/aes3?
In the current situation, I will only use the speakers with my computer,. (windows 8.1)
I have a possibility to run through a asus xonar essence stx, (my brother have this card and do not use it)
I have a Supra LORAD that i will use.
My thoughts so far
Benchmark DAC2 DX or hgc?, electrocompaniet dac ecd 2, schiit Gungnir, Hegel hd12
Bryston Buc-1 usb, Yellowtec PUC2, Stello U3 or a Mutec MC-1.2 USB
What would you have preferred, and why?
Thx for replies..
Congrats on your new 8330's
So I will not notice any "bad" coloring in the sound with Bryston or Yellowtec?
The Genelec seller who recommended me to use a DAC with xlr and avoid to use a AES3 made me feel like i was very lost in this deep forrest..
I should get all things next week, it is going to be fun to try if the speakers are as good as i think they are, in my own environment..
Thanks again guys!
I had similar problem, but after tests of balanced and unbalanced cabling and connections, I decide to use one of standard USB-SPDIF converters from Alessis, with my little invention (check attachment) and at the end SPDIF/AES EBU CONVERTER from Nuetrik. It was very economic version but result vas very good. If you are a bit DIY person you have whole spectrum of fun and endless improvements . Seriously, if you have more money then, as an usb to spdif you can use M2Tech HiFace 2. and Neutrik converter http://www.neutrik.com/en/accessories/a ... nsformers/. Non expensive but very good. Next option.
I would recommend you, to invest a bit more, in M2Tech EVO http://www.m2tech.biz/it/evo_dac.html, which has AES EBU output.
Bryston is very good choice, but try to use optimized Genelec's, combination of electronics and loudspeakers.
You can also use any of professional audio cards like RME 9632, Lynx AES 16 or similar, with AESEBU output and result will be better then any of FMCG solutions.
M2Tech hiFace EVO was a lot cheaper than the buc1 as well.. Half the price..
Do you think 8330 together with a BUC 1 will having matching problems?
BUC 1, has AES EBU output, so don't worry. It will work with 8330 AES EBU input without any problems. Bryston is very good quality solution but it is overpriced for me. If you have no return policy for BUC1, you can use it and check if system works good for you. I am sure it will . Try 7350 sub. This makes real difference. Dont forget, to use "digital XLR" AES EBU cables, it is different from microphone symetrical cables, but looks similar, they have also XLR connectors.
Regarding software, you can use many options. As I have Logitech Media Server for my audio files management, I use SqueezezPlay, which is kind of software emulation of old Squeezez Box and ASIO4all drivers for my usb AES EBU card.
I use them mostly through foobar /wasapi on hi-res and fidelify/wasapi when I use my spotify account.
I use genelec:s table stand
THANKS IN ADVANCE
I am grateful for your supportive reply. In my country (Australia) we would call you a "legend". THANKS AGAIN
No problems, mate^^ One thing to think about getting is the Genelecs 9101A volume controller so that you can easily change the volume, works with glm 2.0.