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BeoLab Transmitter 1 and DAC?

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mrjob
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mrjob posted on Fri, Oct 21 2016 4:01 AM

Hi there. I'm new to this BeoWorld forum. Just wondering if putting a DAC between my Mac Mini and BeoLab Transmitter 1 will improve the sound quality or the BeoLab Transmitter 1 already has a built-in DAC and therefore putting a DAC in front of it will not help much? 

My current set up is Mac Mini --> BeoLab Transmitter 1 --> BeoLab 17&19. Thank you! 

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Millemissen:

You definitely should!!!

MM

Wow, wow - wait a second. I was too quick there ;-(

Soundwise I was right!

However, using the digital out of the Mini gives you one big problem - the control of the volume.

Usually you won't be able to contol the volume - it is locked on high.

Sorry for misguiding you!

Personally I use a small DAC (from Audioengine) for the optical output of my Mac Mini for a connection to my (non-B&O) active speakers.

The volume control is made on the knob of the device - in addition I gained a good headphone-out connection.

So - either this (there are similar DAC's with remote controls), or you stay by your (probably also convinient) solution using the analog connection.

But - how is the sound now? Are you content? Or do you 'miss' something?

MM

 

 

There is a tv - and there is a BV.

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Millemissen
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Hi and welcome to Beoworld,

supposing that you are using the digital output from the Mini for the connection, there is absolutely no reason for something 'in between'.

MM

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mrjob replied on Fri, Oct 21 2016 9:44 AM

Hi MM, thank you for your reply. 

I'm actually using a mini to RCA cable from Mac Mini to BeoLab Transmitter 1. Maybe I should change to digital output then?

Millemissen
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You definitely should!!!

MM

There is a tv - and there is a BV.

Millemissen
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Millemissen:

You definitely should!!!

MM

Wow, wow - wait a second. I was too quick there ;-(

Soundwise I was right!

However, using the digital out of the Mini gives you one big problem - the control of the volume.

Usually you won't be able to contol the volume - it is locked on high.

Sorry for misguiding you!

Personally I use a small DAC (from Audioengine) for the optical output of my Mac Mini for a connection to my (non-B&O) active speakers.

The volume control is made on the knob of the device - in addition I gained a good headphone-out connection.

So - either this (there are similar DAC's with remote controls), or you stay by your (probably also convinient) solution using the analog connection.

But - how is the sound now? Are you content? Or do you 'miss' something?

MM

 

 

There is a tv - and there is a BV.

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mrjob replied on Fri, Oct 21 2016 2:55 PM

Haha, appreciate your comments, MM. 

I'm content with the sound so far though I wish there's a bit more clarity and distinction. This was why I thought using a DAC to sort of replace the sound card in Mac Mini would sort of 'improve' the input source to BeoLab Transmitter 1 and hopefully the WiSA signal will thus be clearer. 

 

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