Saturday, 3 August 2019

Digital Cables ..

Hmmm ... not sure whether to wipe the egg off my face, or pat myself on the back! 

The Meridian 563 DAC .. LIVES!!!!!!

It seems that either my IXOS Coax cable has bitten the dust, or ... the internal Coax input is kaput! 

I found out the problem was the £80 Coax, as I plugged in my under £5 Optical and the Digital signal was shown as ‘Locked’ (as it should be when the DAC senses a live connection).

Sound quality difference between the two? None. Zilch. Zero. Nada.

Which brings me along to the thorny issue of: Why spend £80 on a Coax cable when a £3.50p Optical cable delivers EXACTLY the same goods?

Very good question! 

The answer? Don’t. 

If there’s no perceivable benefits to be had, then you’d be a fool to spend the extra on something that isn’t an audible upgrade.

.. and that’s shocking to me, as that IXOS cable was the bees-knees. Or so I thought.

Everyday is still a schoolday.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

R.I.P. Meridian 563 DAC ..

R.I.P. Meridian 563 DAC. You served me (and my music) well for nigh-on 30 years. Rest in Peace, ol’ chum. You’ll be missed (especially as my music in the living room is being routed through the internal Sonos DAC, which quite frankly sucks donkey balls compared to the 30 year old Meridian). Fear not! Behind every cloud, there is a silver lining, as the hunt steps-up for a Hi Def DAC that will outperform the Meridian ✅