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  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    @Jeff: I don't think that would solve the problem, as it's the BL90s' optical input that can't handle 192/24, not the Auralic itself or the cable. My dealer and I were chatting about this today, and think the solution might be some kind of splitter for the S/PDIF input, so long as it doesn't degrade the sound. @seethroughyou: I'll let you know whether the Auralic outperforms my MacBook when I've hooked it up tomorrow and tried out out via S/PDIF, optical and USB-Audio
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Tue, Apr 16 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    Thanks Steve! As I mentioned in my email, I'm also going to see what happens if I connect it via both USB-Audio and optical – the Aries may be able to select the most appropriate output for each file format.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Tue, Apr 16 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    I play CDs almost daily, and don't have the time or inclination to rip all of my 10,000-odd CDs, so removing the digital connection from the CD 5500 isn't really an option. I need a solution where I can play both 192/24 and 44.1/16 files via the Aries whilst still having a digital CD input. Is it possible to connect the Aries via both optical and USB-Audio simultaneously, using the former for 44.1/16 and the latter for 192/24 files?
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Tue, Apr 16 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    The Aries does indeed have a coax (S/PDIF) output and the BL90 has a coax input, which can handle 192/24. The issue is that the coax input is currently being used by my CD player (Beogram CD 5500), so the question is how to connect that if the Aries takes over the coax. I want a digital connection for superior CD sound, but the 5500 doesn't have an optical output, and hence can't use the optical input on the BL90.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Mon, Apr 15 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    Thanks for the input. Apparently the Auralic Aries worked fine via USB until a firmware update removed its ability to instruct the BL90 to process 44.1/16 inputs via that format. I suspect there isn't a huge difference between 192/24 and 96/24, but since the Aries is designed to handle the former it seems silly to use an input that won't go above 96/24.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Mon, Apr 15 2019
  • Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    I've decided to add an Auralic Aries (the original model with the dual Femto clocks; not the LE, Mini, G1 or G2) to my system to enable streaming and make file playback easier. I've ordered an optical cable from Steve at Sounds Heavenly to connect it, but on checking the Technical Sound Guide for my BeoLab 90s, realised I'd got it the wrong way round – it's the S/PDIF input that supports 192/24, whereas optical only supports 96/24. This completely defeats the point of connecting
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Mon, Apr 15 2019
  • Re: Playing files directly from a laptop through BeoLab 90s

    So far, I've only tried it with one track (carefully selected for its recording quality). Whilst there were perhaps very minor differences, I certainly didn't notice any major improvements over playing the CD on my 5500. In fact, I may very slightly have preferred the presentation of the CD player. However, I will be trying it out on other tracks in the coming weeks. Thanks again for your help!
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Sun, Mar 10 2019
  • Re: Playing files directly from a laptop through BeoLab 90s

    I'm currently watching TV, so I'll try it out properly tomorrow. Will be interesting to contrast playing a CD and playing a lossless file from that CD via the BeoSystem 3 and directly from my laptop. I'll let you know!
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Sat, Mar 9 2019
  • Re: Playing files directly from a laptop through BeoLab 90s

    I think you've solved it — I need to choose the BeoLab 90s and not the internal speakers. Thank you!
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Sat, Mar 9 2019
  • Playing files directly from a laptop through BeoLab 90s

    I posted a while back that I was considering acquiring a music server, which would make playback of files (mainly AIFF, some FLAC or ALAC or MP3) through my BeoLab 90s easier (and hopefully sound better). (At present, the files are sent to my BeoSystem 3 and then to the speakers.) In the meantime, I've been experimenting with connecting my MacBook directly to the speakers using a USB C to USB B cable. I was under the impression that if I then launched iTunes and played some music, this would
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Sat, Mar 9 2019
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