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Anybody have an experience with the phono section of this preamp? Seems like everything I read is about it's digital playback abilities.Kevin T
I've ordered the Anthem STR Preamp and I have searched but not found if the STR Preamp supports iPod playback or not. One feature I take advantage of with my Oppo HA-1 Headphone amp/Preamp is iPod/iPhone support via USB. [...] I have all my CD's saved as Apple Lossless in iTunes and just plugging my apple device allows me to use the HA-1 DAC and bypass the iPhone or iPod DAC. Does the STR Preamp support this? I understand I would need an iPhone lightning to USB-B male or A to B adapter. The Oppo HA-1 works direct, if the Anthem doesn't would it work with an Apple CCK Lightning to USB Camera Adapter?If not, or even if it does, how about using a USB stick with FLAC? Would this allow playlists, albums, etc? I am a bit surprised there isn't a Type A USP connection on the front.
I will have an Oppo BDP-103 connected to the STR Preamp via RCA connections and I believe the 103 does support USB FLAC playback so if the iPhone/iPod/iPad digital USB connection doesn't work I have an alternative. Not sure what DAC I would be using but the 103 has a pretty good one regardless
I have both the Oppo BDP-103 and an Anthem AVM 60, which would be similar in many ways to the STR preamp. The Oppo's DAC is it's only weak spot, compared to a stand alone DAC the sound is muddled. I would use either a 75 ohm coaxial or optical cable from the Oppo to the Anthem for two reasons:1.) Hi-res audio into the Anthem stays Hi-res, the Oppo's RCA output is always 16/44.1.2.) Keeping the signal digital ensures the best results when using ARC Genesis, inputs can have multiple profiles so you can listen with ARC Off or On by using the remote.
Back in the napster days, the SACD standard was created as much for improved copyright protection as it was for improved signal quality. Unlocked SPDIF output was never available on any consumer device. I'm enjoying my STR preamp immensely. l like the single ended RCA preamp outputs better than the balanced XLR preamp outputs, even though my amp is fully balanced circuit, I use RCA adapters.I'm still just using Sonos' SPDIF coax for my digital content. Sonos is a notoriously high jitter source, which was audible on most of my previous DACs. But Sonos sounds fine on STR so I've not felt the need to setup a USB source even though I have a sms200. I hope it will sound even better.I deleted all but the 3 inputs that we actually use and labelled them with personal names (Radio, Sonos, TV) so my wife loves using the preamp for music and TV. She also immediately noticed (as did I) the big improvement in SQ over my old DAC. I tried ARC using the default automatic settings but wasn't too impressed. It "flattened" the sound. But I hadn't read the ARC instructions yet so I didn't do it correctly. I am still looking forward to playing with ARC and seeing what it can do when given the attention it deserves.
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