I'm really craving to hear what a better DAC-AMP does to my system. I currently own the NuForce DDA-100, and the IDA-8 seems like an almost perfect solution. I have two questions though:
1. I have Totem Acoustic Rainmakers (4 Ohm, 87.5 dB/W/m). Would I actually be able to hear the better amp on the IDA-8, or are my speakers way below the better resolving characteristics of the IDA vs the DDA?
2. I love my current connectivity which is:
- TV -> Optical Cable -> DDA-100 OPT-in 3
- AirportExpress -> Optical Cable (miniToslink to Toslink) -> DDA-100 OPT-in 4
Unfortunately, the IDA-8 has only 1 Optical in (I really think this is the one point where the design of the IDA-8 is lacking
, as the next models that have two inputs are the DAC-10 and the IDA-16). My question is: would a cheap optical -> coaxial hub work well or will it degrade the quality of the sound? Are there any other obvious combos I am missing? I would like to avoid hooking the AE via analog cable and move the DA conversion to the inferior DAC on the AirportExpress
Thanks for any feedback!