Well, my used NuForce dda-100 died on me yesterday. I brought it to the local distributor (who now carries NuPrime and is no longer carrying NuForce, as would be expected) and he is offering me a full refund on the dda-100 if I buy into an IDA-8.
Sounds like a good deal (although after local taxes the price is quite a bit above US MSRP). So I am really deciding if I can and should put an extra US$1.500 (that's what it costs here) into the upgrade.
Obviously, the better AMP is a clear advantage. I am worried about a couple things, some are not much of an issue, others could be deal breakers, so any input is really appreciated!
1. I have concerns about the Toslink input, of which I actually need two, as I have a Samsung TV and and airport express hooked optically to my current setup. I would be using the toslink for the TV and using the Airport Express with analog until I can find a toslink to coaxial convertor (which I cannot find locally).
But I found this discussion: https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/26486-an-almost-comprehensive-nuprime-ida-8-amplifier-review/Will I be able to use to actually USE the toslink
or will it fail to acquire both my TV and my Airport Express? What use is there in having equipment that is "... designed for high precision devices and we think that some Apple TV devices (this has been discovered with Airport Express) send lower level SPDIF signals then IDA-8 can sync up with..." if I cannot hook the standard equipment it will be used with?
Can someone confirm or deny using the toslink with regular home equipment and being able to work with it? Or will it only work with 5K CD players? I am really concerned here!
2. My main source of Hi-Fi audio is a Raspberry Pi3 connected via USB to the USB B port. This has worked flawlessly on my dda-100. But again, here comes the 'very high class' USB on the IDA-8 that may or may not work with Linux
, as talked everywhere. Has someone had success connecting the Pi3 (specifically running Moode OS) to the IDA-8.
I am already sacrificing one toslink and would switch to analog from the airport express, and I am willing to sacrifice that for a better more fuller sound, as described everywhere. But if EVERY input I intend to feed to the IDA is NOT going to work, then what's the point?
Thanks in advance. Best regards,