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Toslink Audio Question

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 06:44:20

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Hey there everyone

I'm one of those old-school, vacuum "vintage asylum" tube guys and I'm connecting my plasma tv (Panasonic VT50) to a 2 channel system. I just purchased the Schitt Audio Modi 2 Uber DAC which has only 1 Toslink input.

My question is this - I can either have my Comcast receiver, PS4 and BluRay player all run into my TV and use the single TV Toslink output to the DAC or get a Toslink switcher and have the Audio from each component go into the switcher which then goes into the DAC.

My only concern with using the TV as the switcher is if there would be any sound degradation from going that route. I know with my old plasma that had RCA outputs that was the case.

If you think the switcher is the way to go I'd love to hear some suggestions as far as best sounding units.

Thanks in advance!


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YES, posted on November 11, 2016 at 15:49:00

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That would be the simplest arrangement.

The DAC probably doesn't come with a remote control.

You always have USB and coaxial for non-TV switchable digital sources.


RE: Toslink Audio Question, posted on November 15, 2016 at 14:13:16
Mr Peabody

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Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
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My guess is the sound would be fine from the TV. Remember the sound would remainin the digital realm until reaching the DAC. Using the analog out of a TV subjects you to the TV's DAC and analog output section which I'm sure is less than audiophile.

I personally would rather trust the digital output of the TV opposed to some switcher. Keep it simple to avoid jitter.


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