I'm thinking of using a DCX2496 connected through its digital AES input to several hi-fi power amps. The only problem with this is that the amps have no attenuators. I think you need to run the dcx at near full level for maximum resolution, so I presume you would need to put potentiometers between the dcx outputs and the power amps. Would this be a good idea or is it better to buy some reasonably priced s/h pro power amps (MC2 any good)?
No need just connect the DCX direct to the amps and control the input to the DCX. A lot of this Resolution bullsh*t has come from the Hi-Fi brigade and unfortunately the majority of them come from planet ZOG.
I regularly listen to some speakers in my room with a tri-amped system connected to a DCX, never heard anything untoward at all.
But then again my speaker cable only cost £1.50/meter and is just made from copper so that is probably why.
If I wanted to run a DCX2496 as a 4 way crossover (with 2 x DCX2496), is there any way I could still use the digital input? Or is there a 2 in/8 out crossover with a digital input for reasonable money?
When I use the AES/EBU connection on the dcx is it normal for the input meters to be clipping most of the time with the input gain set to -15dB? Do the input meters do this even if no internal clipping is taking place?
Interesting..... depends whether the clip light means you're hitting 0dBFS on the digital input (which is possible), in which case the input gain control won't make any difference.
But to hit 0dBFS on the digital input you must be driving the source very hard. Try adjusting the master volume on your soundcard (assuming that's what you're using). If you take it down just a few dB the input meters should stop hitting the red lights.
I'd have to do some research (and have one to play with) to answer it properly.