Bluetooth would send the signal to a wireless receiver then to the Dac in your Cambridge the Bluetooth wireless signal is digital not analog.
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I think that OP is saying that a pure digital non Bluetooth transport should blow away a Bluetooth DAC by a wide margin and he isn’t perceiving that as occurring.
I am confused by his setup. Where is the Bluetooth receiver here? In the Cambridge Amp? Then the Cambridge Amp must be processing both the BT and the digital signals? (Which means that it’s really a DAC/Amp). I don’t own a DAC that processes Bluetooth, so I don’t know if these DACs process the Bluetooth signal with same chip as a conventional digital signal.
I used to own that Wadi transport but sold it after a few months as I just wasn’t using it. I remember that it made my iPod sound like it was on steroids
Mahler- you are correct, I’m not seeing a signifigant improvement when hard wired into the Wadia, that plugs directly to the the DAC that is part of my Cambridge amp. The amp requires a Bluetooth dongle that plugs into the back, which is probably the Bluetooth server that was mentioned by 1 of the readers a few entries back.
Does anyone reading believe that the minor sound improvement vs large sound improvement( that I was expecting) could be due to the low grade digital Toslink plug from Wadia to the Amp? I’m considering a $160 upgrade on a AudioReararch coaxial digital plug ( The Carbon) from the Wadia to my Amp, but I don’t want to waste the money if it will only be a minor sound improvement. ( Currently running a $20 noname brand Toslink digital plug frown Wadia transport to the DAC in my amp.
My bias would be no, the cable won’t make that much difference. Of course, until you try it, we can’t know for sure...Can you by an expensive quality cable with a return policy? Even if there is a restocking fee? At least that way you would satisfy you curiosity.
Does your Cambridge amp have a usb input? If so have you tried comparing the phone without the Wadia plugged directly into the amp/DAC? That would remove the Wadia from the equation.
That’s interesting I am guessing that the DAC in the Cambridge doesn’t do much in the way of jitter reduction and that the Wadia does. That was my experience with my iPod and the Wadia as well.
well, if upping the cable doesn’t do much, it could be that the latest Bluetooth technology as implemented by CA is really good.