I just started using Tidal HIFI with Roon and so far I really like it.
I am in the market for a Roon ready network player and a possible DAC upgrade. I need to feed (3) analog outputs for my whole house audio and (1) digital output for a separate DAC in my theater
I was looking at the NAD CI580 and would use it this way:
-(3) Analog Audio Outs to whole house audio
-(1) Digital Coax Out (No USB available) to my DAC
I currently have a NAD D1050 DAC that uses USB straight from the PC that has my Roon Core (i5, 3.2, 4GB). I understand that with output from a PC the USB is the much better way to go from a clock management and jitter reduction standpoint. I have also read that there is benefit to getting the DAC off of the PC and onto a streamer, not sure how much this matters.
So I have 2 questions:
Do I have those same clock management and jitter issues coming from a piece of audio gear like the CI580 versus a PC when I use the Digital Coax? Will the Digital Coax be a poor way to go to with a DAC upgrade in the $2- 3K range?
I have a Marantz AV8801 that has fairy nice DAC’s inside. If I go with the CI580 should I forgo the new DAC and go Digital Coax straight into the AV8801? The AV8801 feeds a B&K Ref 2 channel amp and Triad LCR speakers. The room is fully treated.
I want to be smart and make a nice upgrade. I am willing to give up 2 of the analog outputs if the digital coax is a bad idea. I can get an analog line from the PC. Not the best quality but probably fine for whole house audio
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!