Can the EMM DAC6e be used with the Arcam 27A? I was under the impression one had to use an EMM Labs transport with an EMM Labs DAC.
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the emm dac6e has what appears to be 3 aes/ebu inputs for pcm which can be connected to any transport with appropriate cabling or adapters. granted, with the emm transport you won't get the full benefit of passing dsd, but it's a good starting point for those whose pocketbooks can't afford the emm labs combo all at once.
Perhaps the DSD is the issue. I don't know the answer either way, but I'm not aware of anyone in these threads ever writing about using the EMM DAC6e with anything other than an EMM Labs transport...except for one person who used an APL Denon 3910 that was modified to use with the EMM Labs DACs.
It'd be smart for anyone considering this to contact EMM Labs to get the real scoop before laying out the green, and then report it back here.
The DAC6 can be used with any source that can output via AES/EBU. It's magic is in the 3 optical cords it uses for clock and data for use with the CDSD. When used with the CDSD, the CDSD is slaved to the ultra high-quality clock of the DAC6 and all data from the disc is recovered using some algorithm that goes WAAAAY over my head to eliminate jitter, CD is converted to 2 times DSD, then is passed back to the DAC6 after having been separated into clock and data.
When used with a different source, the PCM is still converted to DSD in the DAC6, but it is relying on the clock of the transport, and all is being passed on one cable. There are at least a few people who say this sounds better. I disagree.