Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Better than expected: L-1000t over sonos

I have been listening to Kenwood L-1000T tuner, which is physically located in the living room, in other rooms using the "line input" feature of my Sonos system.

Currently this is hooked up like this:

Kenwood fixed output->Behringer DEQ 2496 (fixes eq)->Sonos box
Sonos box->system

Thus it goes through two complete analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversions, one inside the Behringer DEQ, and other within the Sonos system.  The latter uses 44.1Khz sampling at 16 bits.  The Behringer uses very good 96/24 converters but has rather mediocre analog circuitry.

Anyway, it sounds nice in the bedroom, and very nice in the kitchen.  I was really enjoying listening to college radio on Monday night.  Even with all the intermediaries involved, it sounds even more lively (rhythm!) than the Marantz 2130 which is actually in the Kitchen.

So here's something which shouldn't be that good, but actually is.  Actually I think digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversions are relatively harmless for audio.  Experiments have put 100 such conversions back-to-back and still the differences are not large enough to show up in blind testing.

I could actually hook this up using the Lavry for conversion rather than the Behringer, and I hope to do that soon.

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