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TOPIC: Help Me Choose

Help Me Choose 1 month 12 hours ago #44036

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Hello Forum,

I'm new to digital signal processing and room acoustic correction. I'd like to select the best miniDSP with Dirac Live product for my purposes but the product array is quite bewildering. My set up is Macbook pro laptop as a playback source-->DAC (USB input analog output)-->2ch amplifier-->stereo speakers.

The SHD Studio gets rave reviews but I'm wondering if the feature set is overkill for me (e.g., don't need a streamer). Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

regards,

Don
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Help Me Choose 1 month 11 hours ago #44037

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Does the DAC have a coax input? If not, you won't be able to use it with the SHD Studio. In that case the SHD is the best bet. The streamer is just another input option, you don't have to use it.
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Help Me Choose 1 month 11 hours ago #44038

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Thanks for your reply.

The DAC has coax, TOSLink and USB options
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Help Me Choose 3 weeks 2 days ago #44218

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@DonR

As already suggested by John, the SHD Studio would be the perfect fit here:
PC - > USB audio to SHD Studio - > Digital out (Coax/Toslink) to DAC.

That would be the way to go.

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Help Me Choose 5 days 18 hours ago #44452

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Just to confirm, since I had about the same question, namely "what is the lowest cost MiniDSP product that gives Dirac for stereo, at the same or higher quality level as the SHD series, but does not include streamer or DAC?"

Is this correct: "The miniDSP products that do that without a streamer cost more than the SHD Studio, so it is lower cost to use the SHD Studio and not use the streamer." Is that correct?

2nd question: Is the main factor that makes Dirac higher quality in the SHD series, compared to its predecessors, that it uses 24 bit and 96 kHz processing, and the predecessors did not? This question was triggered by me listening to Hans Beekhuyzen who said prior to SHD he felt that automated room correction did not work well overall with high quality systems, but SHD did work well.
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