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Flex Eight 3 weeks 2 days ago #62760

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Hi, would be great if minidsp would offer a flex eight with digital output like you have for Flex. 

With nanodigi no longer in the lineup, this would next-best thing.

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Flex Eight 3 weeks 18 hours ago #62785

Yes. Along with no doubt, a number of others, I would then buy it
I would think as it’s essentially removing the DACs and routing the digital signals direct to outputs,  rather than having to develop a new stage, it’s relatively straightforward 

So dear miniDSP, what is the probability that (like the original Flex) a digital out version will be introduced, and when? 

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Flex Eight 3 weeks 17 hours ago #62786

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Flex Eight 2 weeks 5 days ago #62833

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I doubt the spdif would be “that” hard to find on the board 

 

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Flex Eight 2 weeks 4 days ago #62841

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I don't think so.  :)
Communication between DSP and the DAC's is most likely I2S.
So, if needing S/PDIF outputs it would involve adding alternative circuitry, four pulse transformers, etc, etc.

Dave.

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Flex Eight 1 week 5 days ago #62936

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I don't think so.  :)
Communication between DSP and the DAC's is most likely I2S.
So, if needing S/PDIF outputs it would involve adding alternative circuitry, four pulse transformers, etc, etc.

Dave.



I read the sharc does i2s and spdif simultaneously and are both active simultaneously on output pins 

wouldnt one need to locate that and add a resistor to spdif to make a coax spdif connection or something?

idk I might be thinking something completely different 

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Flex Eight 1 week 5 days ago #62937

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Even the SHARC board required an outboard S/PDIF conversion from logic-level to consumer.
That sort of thing is already inside the four-channel Flex (digital) unit.  But the eight-channel version is obviously more dense.  So, not undoable, but I would imagine a fair bit of work.

I don't see the point in it anyways.  You're not going to add external DAC's that would be any better than the existing internal ones.  Maybe slightly better, but at what trade-off in expense and system complication.
I think the Flex 8 is a pretty well conceived and sorted unit just the way it is.  Once all the bugs are worked out, I think they'll have another winner.

Dave.

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Flex Eight 1 week 1 day ago #63005

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I would certainly buy a FLEX Eight Digital and add an outboard 8-channel DAC - there is certainly room for improvement for modest outlay.
So is a FLEX Eight Digital forthcomoing?

Jan

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Flex Eight 1 week 1 day ago #63008

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Many of us already have great dacs or power dacs and a Flex 8 with spdif/hdmi/I2S digital out would truly be flexible! 
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Flex Eight 1 week 1 day ago #63010

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Hear! Hear!

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Flex Eight 1 week 1 day ago #63013

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I would certainly buy a FLEX Eight Digital and add an outboard 8-channel DAC - there is certainly room for improvement for modest outlay.
Jan

Examples??

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Flex Eight 1 week 1 day ago #63014

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Topping DM7?

Jan

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Flex Eight 1 week 1 day ago #63015

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Yes, but costs $ 400 more for the same performance. But YMMV.
Point is that a FLEX Eight Digital would make this a killer combo.

Jan

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Flex Eight 1 week 1 day ago #63017

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Yeah, I'm aware of that one.  Most eight-channel DAC's are USB input/decoders though.
I assume you'd like miniDSP to produce something with four SPDIF/AES outputs???

Anyways, the DM7 is $500, so you've just doubled the price of the Flex-8.
I don't think that qualifies as "modest outlay".....in my opinion.

I have numerous nanoDIGI units so I'm aware of the conceptual attractiveness of this scheme.  However, it can quickly get quite expensive as a solution when adding four DAC's that might be rather expensive.  Very quickly you can run into a value-based issue here.

Dave.

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