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.