Best way to connect to DAC?

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Hi Ron

    For full MQA, please use the analogue outs of the NODE 2i and bypass the DAC all together. You can use the DAC via digital out but will be limited in your MQA output to only a single unfold.

    Analogue out to the DAC in doesn't make much sense since the output has already been decoded.

     

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    Judy Palmer

    This is very similar to what we want to do:

    We want to use both the Node2i on board DAC and bypass it to output to our Mojo. Here's a picture of our proposed setup:

    The RCA from the Node2I Would provide anything that was processed by the Node2I's internal DAC. The RCA from the mojo would provide anything that came through the Node2I and then processed by the mojo DAC. I hope this makes sense.

    Judy

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    Ron

    Thanks, but your option 1 is a non-starter since my DAC is also my pre-amp and therefore the connection to my power amps and that's the way it has to stay.  Digital out from the Node 2i would only do half the unfolding - I get that. But it would still produce 24/96 output, correct?  Which I suspect is more than good enough.

    Analogue out from the Node 2i into my DAC's analogue inputs (it's a Benchmark DAC3) would also work and I know I would have the advantage of full MQA decoding, but only on MQA content, and even then, I am seriously doubting whether the analogue output of a £300 device is a match for the £2,000 DAC3 ?  And on non-MQA content, the DAC3 will be miles better.

    Hence me being interested in the Node2i digital out at 24/96 to the Benchmark DAC3

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Hi Ron

    Up to 24/96 - it depends on the MQA content...

    ...you may be surprised at the on board DAC's performance but of course, we will let your ears decide.

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    Judy Palmer

    Still work in progress…

    1. We are using an Exposure 15 as the Exposure 17 is still in transit. This doesn't affect the general intention.

    2. We have had trouble getting the Mojo connected to the Node2i. I bought a cable that was supposed to fit at both ends (and it does) but it seems that the Node2i does not output anything via this cable, I am sure that this is not a cable issue or an issue with the Mojo. I do not believe that the Node2i is actually outputting anything via coax. So instead we are using a Toslink cable.

    3. We are having annoying issues with sound from the TV through the Node2i. We are getting distortion unless we disable AV mode. However when we disable AV mode we have lip-synch issues.We have these issues whether or not we have the Mojo connected. Looking through the forums we are beginning to think that the Node2i is not suitable for TV sound. Therefore we are now using an old DAC and bypassing the Node2i altogether for TV.

    Not ideal…we are currently evaluating whether or not we should return the Node2i

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  • Hi Judy

    Make sure your cable is fully inserted. It is unlikely there is an output issue via hardware. Please select Help Send Support Request in the App so we may see the log file and help troubleshoot.

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    Judy Palmer

    My husband has sent a support request.

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    Judy Palmer

    I would just like to say thank you to John who rang my husband to give support. We have yet to try anything that he has suggested but I will update this thread If we find out anything helpful.

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  • Jon's great and will get you pointed in the right direction.

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    Judy Palmer

    Unfortunately we have decided to return the Node2i. :-(

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    Janis

    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Hi Tony,

    sorry for the newbie question. You say to bypass the DAC use RCA (red/white) cables to connect it to my DAC/Amp (integrated DAC).

    In another post on this forum (https://support1.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360037450874-Noob-question-on-bypassing-the-Node-2i-DAC) it is said that by using RCA the internal DAC from the Node 2i is used.  This post suggests to use COAX to bypass the DAC.

    Am I mixing things up? I'm a little confused. I have a COAX cable and RCA cables (I guess they are also called cinch) and I'm wondering what should I connect to my Amp with build-in DAC to bypass the Node 2i DAC?

    Thanks!

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    Sam R.

    Hello Janis, 

    No worries, simply put:

    To bypass the Node's DAC, use a digital output (either COAX or Optical) << sending digital out of the Node ensures your external device does the digital to analog conversion 

    To bypass the DAC of your external amp, use the RCA analog connection << in this way, the Node has already done the digital to audio conversion using its own DAC. 

    Regards,
    Sam R.

     

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