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Old 23rd November 2009
  #32
Hi guys,

I guess this is turning into a debate about whether having amps in the sum box sounds better than a straight wire. I just assumed that the passive system sounds better and that it's really a question of what sounds better coming out of the DAC.

You're basically talking about the difference of anywhere from 6 to 24 dbfs (1 to 4 bits of resolution). Figure that most analog gear and rooms only really provide 96dbfs (16bit) of usable signal anyway, it seems like this really does make a sonic difference, particularly across 16 individual channels.

I don't get #1. How is it an advantage to use a lower level on a DAC? It seems like no matter what you're converting you'd want as close to full resolution as possible. Sorry if I'm just not understanding something.