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I am about ready to pull the trigger on Lavry DA10 dac and I could use advice on xlr/rca adapters and the correct digital cable.
I would need to get XLR to RCA converters for the output channel, since I only have rca input to my preamp.
I will be hooking to a Oppo 981HD dvd player, which has a choice of S/PDIF (IEC-958) Coaxial or Optical digital outputs, so I need to decide on coax vs optical, and then purchase a particular brand of cable.
It will going into a medium quality hi-end system. I mostly listen to vinyl for music, but want to get a very high end DAC on the smooth side of things for the digital music and movies that I do listen to.
Thanks in advance for any wisdom.
I don't know what to make of that thread. I've read it plus the stuff in the Lavry forums. What is clear to me is they think the DA-10 uses ASRC when the DA-10 documenetation claim it doesn't, and there are a lot of components in the DA-10 that aren't in actual use. Dan Lavry says that the people on diyhifi don't understand how the DA-10 works and he isn't about to disclose details since he considers it a trade secret.
There are a lot of underlying commercial interests here - both Lavry's and the people trying to reverse engineer the DA-10 - some of them are working in China.
I know I will be rather upset if it turns out the Lavry uses ASRC etc. in all modes as the lack of ASRC in CrystalLock mode was a significant selling point for me.
Balanced carries two signals (let's call one "+" the other "-") and ground. For the standard Cardas (or other) XLR to RCA connectors one of the pins, usually 2 is +, the other pin 3 (-) is connected to ground.
Instead of this configuration Lavry recommends to float the pin 3 of the XLR connector instead of connecting it to ground. You could built your own XLR to RCA "Cardas" adaptors or you could just disconnect pin 3 from ground in a commercial adaptor (difficult to take the Cardas apart though).
Finally instead of using the floating adaptors, there is a switch inside the Lavry DA10 that converts the output of the Lavry to single ended. Either way works, although for some reason Lavry recommends the adaptor one in the manual.
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I might hesitate for analog, but for digital definitely check these. Seems to be high quality stuff - right materials, good build - this is what digital needs.
- http://www.markertek.com/ProdList.asp?cat=CABLESCONN&subcat=AUDIOCAB&prodClass=ADIGCAB&search=0&off= (Open in New Window)
I built my own cables using Canare star-quad and Nuetrik gold plated connectors. There are a number of threads on headfi.com discussing this sort of thing.
I have a Lavry DA10 and love it. One of the advantages of the Lavry is it is not particularly sensitive to cables. The circuitry is exceptionally immune to jitter.
I use coax for the input from my Squeezebox. The only catch is if your coax is more than a meter or so, you might be better off switching to the optical for longer runs.
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