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jan van mourik
2005-03-09, 20:47
Pardon my ignorance, but would there be any difference in audio
quality between the SB2 and the SB when using the digital output,
optical or coax?

Thanks, jan

Aaron Zinck
2005-03-09, 21:01
"jan van mourik" wrote
> Pardon my ignorance, but would there be any difference in audio
> quality between the SB2 and the SB when using the digital output,
> optical or coax?
>
> Thanks, jan

Hey Jan,

Potentially, yes. Two very tangible improvements will be the resolution of
the l/r channel switching problem as well as the inverted bit-perfect signal
issue. There have also been reports of the SB1 delivering a 44.13 khz
signal under some circumstances rather than true 44.1khz and this will no
longer be an issue with SB2. Other improvements include the potential
future support for 96khz output (though this, of course, would require 96khz
source material--not an issue if you're just listening to CDs) as well as
what is likely to be a decrease in jitter (though the debate rages on about
whether or not jitter on such a small scale is audible). This is not to
mention how flexible the output stages of the new SB2 seem to be (as
reported by Sean in numerous other threads today).

Bottom line: The new architecture seems far more robust, flexible, and
accurate; but if you're just using your squeezebox for 44.1 or 48 khz source
material (non-dts) then you'd have to listen pretty hard to be able to tell
a difference between the digital output quality of the two units.

jan van mourik
2005-03-10, 06:12
Thanks Aaron!
Got my squeezebox a little bit over a month now :-) Oh well..

jan

Aaron Zinck
2005-03-10, 11:17
> Also, maybe, the DAC in the SB makes better sound than the digital out to
> the DAC you're currently using.
>
> Thanks,
> Phillip

Good point, Phillip--seems slim has incorporated an excellent dac into their
new unit. One thing to be wary of, though: many mid-low end receivers will
add A/D then D/A step in the signal path of their so-called "analog inputs".
In those cases you'd be better off sticking with a digital connection, if
possible. And of course if you're sending dts-encoded material through the
SB then you'd need to stick with digital