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I2S vs AES vs Coax

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Posted on January 22, 2017 at 14:03:10
divo
Audiophile

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Location: Ontario
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I am enjoying very much the Mk4 Extreme DAC with the PS Audio Transport feeding it. I have not gone to the extent of adding the I2S digital interface and buying the corresponding interconnect. As we are all trying to optimize what we have and squeeze out more, I wonder if people who have actually done the comparison tell me if this is a worthwhile enhancement. I have been using a quality RCA digital interconnect primarily.

-james

 

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RE: I2S vs AES vs Coax, posted on January 22, 2017 at 19:26:12
Dave Davenport
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James,

I have the PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport and of course, the RAKK dac Mark IV; interconnected with the I2S interface. This is the premium interface for this combination without a doubt. The interconnect does make a difference, as it does in all cases, but assuming a good (not necessarily the best) interconnect, the I2S beats the pants off of either the RCA or XLR SPDIF interfaces. See the attached link.

Dave

 

RE: I2S vs AES vs Coax, posted on January 23, 2017 at 22:00:20
JKT
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I'll second Dave. I have a PWT and Mk3.5 with I2S.


"It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, then speak and remove all doubt." A. Lincoln

 

RE: I2S vs AES vs Coax, posted on February 6, 2017 at 06:33:55
divo
Audiophile

Posts: 76
Location: Ontario
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Thank you Dave. Is there an interconnect you can recommend?
You can PM me if you prefer.

 

RE: I2S vs AES vs Coax, posted on February 6, 2017 at 16:48:06
Dave Davenport
Manufacturer

Posts: 913
Location: North Carolina
Joined: March 20, 2002
Hi divo,

I'll make two recommendations:

The best HDMI cable that I have auditioned is the WireWorld Platinum Starlight 7. This cable is uber-expensive, so I do not own one.

What I use in my system is the Cardas HDMI cable. This is an excellent cable, much better than generic cables.

Best,
Dave

 

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