I see the devices out there: those products that supposedly take an HDMI signal and convert to USB, or vice/versa. There are even direct cables for doing this.
Here’s the deal, are there any inherent problems in doing taking HDMI audio (let’s say DSD256) and sending it to a USB input in a DAC, for instance? Degradation in quality? I wouldn’t think so, since digital is digital, but hey, I’m not an expert. I just have an opportunity to “tinker” coming up, so I want to get some opinions of other tinkerers.
Actually, I think the concept is a sound one. I was bequeathed a Marantz SR7012. It has USB input, as well as an Ethernet input, so I should be able to go into the box, use room correction, and then out of the box via HDMI without a AD/DA conversion. The unit handles up to DSD256, but perhaps that’s only with AD/DA conversion. Well, anyway, yeah, I’m tinkering. Heh.