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    Default Digital, Analog, Processing, or "Source Direct"?

    Ok, but my question for now is, well first lemme tell you my choices:

    1. Soundblaster audigy 2 zs Digital output > Mini to RCA Adapter (cost, $1.99) > Monster Cable (cost, $30-something, ten years ago) > Digital port on DMC-1 running as "Digital, Stereo"

    2. Soundblaster audigy 2 z Analog output 1 (front speakers) > Cheap mini to rca cable (cost, $2.99) > Left and right analog in on DMC-1 set as "Analog, Source Direct"

    Source direct has no processing at all and "the shortest signal path". Stereo has some processing, that includes distances other stuff.

    The question is what should give me the better sound in this situation? A good digital cable with processing, or a crappy analog cable with no processing?

    Whats the difference in sound to me? Well, I keep doing a/b tests and the only difference I can really hear is the Analog is louder. I don't think I hear a difference in quality.... and according to everyone who buys expensive cable, my 30 dollar cable should sound better than my 3 dollar cable :)

    I guess I could buy a better analog cable to keep everything constant, but whats better for music, digital or analog, keeping in mind that you can ONLY have no processing if you use analog?


    Oh by the way, for all you that have heard my complaining about my 25ís, I am getting new crossovers from polk :)

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    The important thing is, which sounds better to you? For me, personally, I prefer to listen to my music in the analog realm with no DSP to color the sound. Maybe that's why the analog is louder than through digital.
    Hmmmm, could it be the analog produces a purer signal?

    I wouldn't consider any Monster Cable as good. Mediocre at best is a more accurate description. If you're looking to buy a better analog cable, check out the offerings by Blue Jeans Cable, Signal or AudioQuest. There's all kinds of info posted on the boards regarding these as I'm sure you're aware of. Lots of polkies also like the silvers that ben62670 makes. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cokewithvanilla View Post
    Ok, but my question for now is, well first lemme tell you my choices:

    1. Soundblaster audigy 2 zs Digital output > Mini to RCA Adapter (cost, $1.99) > Monster Cable (cost, $30-something, ten years ago) > Digital port on DMC-1 running as "Digital, Stereo"
    I don't understand how you're digital after going through a mini-RCA adapter. Or how that even works. Doesn't the soundblaster have a regular S/PDIF output?

    The question is what should give me the better sound in this situation? A good digital cable with processing, or a crappy analog cable with no processing?
    If the source is good all the way up to the DMC-1, then analog would have better sound. If the source was originally digital which was run through a marginal DAC and output on crappy cable up to the DMC-1, then I think staying digital as far as possible would be a better way to go. Though I don't think it's known to have great D/A itself.

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    Here: http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/...udio/index.htm

    3rd field down, you can purchase a digital cable with a 1/8" adapter on one end, RCA on the other, it will be far better than what you're using now, and it's cheap too(IMO). This is what I'm using on my media server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEH View Post
    I don't understand how you're digital after going through a mini-RCA adapter. Or how that even works. Doesn't the soundblaster have a regular S/PDIF output?
    The audigy only has one digital out... and its a mini jack. Dunno how it works. I know it recognizes it as digital on my preamp, and when I had 5 speakers hooked up a long time ago they worked as surround sound if I played a game.....

    3rd field down, you can purchase a digital cable with a 1/8" adapter on one end, RCA on the other, it will be far better than what you're using now, and it's cheap too(IMO). This is what I'm using on my media server.
    Digital cable? so you think digital offers better sound quality? I was wondering about an analog cable with a mini on one side.

    Ah, they do sell it. Mini to Analog RCA is $35 for 5 feet, Mini to Digital RCA is $23... the price isn't going to be a factor in my decision, but what do you think will sound better?
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    I would let the receiver/pre pro do the processing instead of that card.
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    so if I use digital the soundcard isn't doing any processing?

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    Correct.
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