Reading a review on 6moons of the audiolab, one of his conclusions is...."The Audiolab can drive amps and active speaker directly over RCA or XLR. Signal attenuation during my review showed clear advantages on clarity and precision for the digital rather than analog control. Minor compromises for the analog route were concomitant with competing solutions in this price range."Can someone tell me what this means? Did he not prefer the use of XLR balanced cables?
How are you finding the XLR cables on your Cyrus setup Mr Angelface?Which cables did you buy exactly?
Remember to compare like with like. The Audiolab 8200MBs are about £2k a pair (new) but there's lots of Mono X floating around second hand for around £1.3k.
Remember to compare like with like. The Audiolab 8200MBs are about £2k a pair (new) but there's lots of Mono X floating around second hand for around £1.3k.You should also be able to find a DAC-XP second hand for similar or a bit less. Personally I like with sound of the 8200CDQ a bit more and of course it's cheaper.I assume you don't want to mix brands?Make sure that you demo if buying new, who cares what the reviews say if you've got a chance to decide with your own ears!With regards to streaming if you're only partially interested in it then there's lots of cheap solutions which don't require big dollar... USB from PC, Sonos, Squeezebox.Matthew.
I'm not keen on buying second hand,