There’re two truisms to Genelec monitors: no SQ difference between analog and digital input; going digital avoids double conversation.
Still, I can’t wrap my head around why analog and digital result in the same sound quality.
Would streaming off my computer (USB -> SPDIF -> Genelec) sound just the same as when outputting from a fancy DAC with a high-end dual DAC chip? My logic says the high-end DAC would deliver a better signal. But being wrong is quite common....
Can anyone enlighten me? I really can’t square my logic with Genelec’s proclamations.
It is all about what is audible and what is not audible.
Clearly both connections will end up in differences because of the different pathways, but is it audible?
That is were the discussions start. Some will claim they can hear the difference some may say it is not audible.
If you are performing scientific correct blind A/B one would be astonished what is not possible to. A lot of people will not hear differences between 320kbit MP3 and and 44.1kHz/16bit Flacs.
DACs are on such high levels nowadays and I am pretty sure the DAC used in the Genelec speakers are of very high quality so what should a highend DAC may make better? I belief it is more psychological need that there must be something better out there than real differences. ;-)
you logic is off
highend DA-> analog cable -> midrange ADA inside speaker
... this makes no sense
digital cable -> midrange DA inside speaker
... less is more
that being said, i a/b ed my digital 8351 with a 4000€ DA.
the very expensive DA came out slightly on top. that got me scared because illogical and i sold the DA.
lukester: you logic is off highend DA-> analog cable -> midrange ADA inside speaker ... this makes no sense digital cable -> midrange DA inside speaker ... less is more that being said, i a/b ed my digital 8351 with a 4000€ DA. the very expensive DA came out slightly on top. that got me scared because illogical and i sold the DA.
I called the genelec DACs midrange because they're obviously not 1000 a piece, otherwise the speakers would be more expensive.
but i have full confidence in genelec's engineering to provide a well balanced package of components.
that my tests with high end DA favoured that DA might not mean much. Also the difference was very, very small.
i see it as an extension of the mastering process, the mastering engineer could have added a bit more flavour with that machine too.
we all could extend the mastering chain right into our living rooms, but it's not an effective use of ressources.
adding two subs or going from like 8351 to 1237 gets you a clearly better result without discussion. takes seconds to hear the difference and it's not "very very small".
let's not deal in esoterics as long as there's obvious stuff left?