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ea-3 to triad 8x8 - digital or analog?


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I've spent quite a bit of time searching without much luck. I've got a ea-3 connected to a triad 8x8 over analog today. The 8x8 does have digital coax inputs. Curious what the best practice is here. Would I see any improved audio quality switching from analog to digital? Listening sources are primarily high-res Spotify and Tidal.

 

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I'm actually only using 2 of the inputs on the matrix. If I'm streaming music to the ea3, how would it choose to send out analog or digital? Given the same source, is one going to allow for higher quality?

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There is no quality difference between the two as such (arguably digital is less likely to get interference but assuming it's all in one rack/location....) on C4 controllers, they output the same stream.

C4 will choose 'digital coax' first unless it's in use, because the system is set to assume that it would be the preference in general (eg when there is a digital path and an analogue bath to a surround receiver) - this is baked into the system itself, but has no effect as such on Controller outputs. HDMI, Coax and analogue all output stereo only, and all can output the same hi-rez audio.

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1 minute ago, Cyknight said:

There is no quality difference between the two as such (arguably digital is less likely to get interference but assuming it's all in one rack/location....) on C4 controllers, they output the same stream.

C4 will choose 'digital coax' first unless it's in use, because the system is set to assume that it would be the preference in general (eg when there is a digital path and an analogue bath to a surround receiver) - this is baked into the system itself, but has no effect as such on Controller outputs. HDMI, Coax and analogue all output stereo only, and all can output the same hi-rez audio.

Thanks! If I just plug in the digital coax, I won't need to have the dealer change anything? I can just start using a second stream in a different room? That'd be pretty slick.

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No, your dealer will have to make the matching connection in the system, though that would be all of a second to do (it'll take many times longer just to start composer, and connect remotely than the actual work involved).

This is the sort of thing we do whenever we have 5 minutes to do so ...

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