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I will be receiving a Musical Fidelity V-Link 192 which does 24/192 asynch usb. I have the choice of spdif or aes/ebu output to go to my Wyred DAC. Presently I am using the original V-link which does 24/96 and I am using the spdif output with good results.
My question is should I invest in another cable and go with the aes/ebu or keep the coax cable I am using (Wireworld Starlight 6) and use the spdif instead? I want the best possible sound. Also, the spdif out and aes/ebu on the V Link 192 are galvanically isolated.
I throw my windows open wide and call to you across the sky.
Does the DAC have a proper 75ohm BNC input for the SPDIF?
If it only has a crappy RCA SPDIF input then go AES/EBU and never look back.
But make sure you get a proper 110ohm balanced cable for the AES/EBU connection. A BlueJeans one will do fine.
Do a little research, IIRC, studios like Sony eliminated all their AES/EBU cables and improved their sound. It was written up in some magazine.
I hope we're not using what happens in studios as a benchmark for home. Yikes! :) Strictly based on pro gear I've owned. I'll take quality consumer gear any day. Edit: to be fair, much of it is basically the same stuff.
And I hope we're not generalizing the specific either, since as mentioned the AES/EBU *in my gear* clearly surpasses any of the other connection methods I have available with that gear. Not even close really, I under-played it here *since I don't know the user's specific gear*.
I suggest that you at least try the AES/EBU, perhaps with a modestly-priced cable first to get a sense of it. I don't use any of the components you mentioned, but I did find the AES/EBU to be an unmistakeable notch above the S/PDIF (coax, fiber, coax-BNC) with mine. An extra degree of blackness and a touch more clarity. Really depends how much effort the manufacturer put into the AES/EBU circuitry, clearly mine wanted that to be the "showcase" input.
I know it's a different device but AES/EBU sounds better that the digital phono output on the Bryston BDP-1 going into my Accuphase DAC
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