My DLP projector of 20 years(!) finally died and I’m replacing it with a projector capable of quasi-4k HDR. With it, I’m upgrading my video source which is also 20 years old(!?). I need an Apple TV or Roku device for the Criterion Channel and to watch (and hear) Met Opera Live in HD, but the Apple TV 4K and Roku Ultra offer only HDMI out. For discs, I’ve purchased a Panasonic UB420 player, which offers optical out, so I’d be OK there provided I can take care of the Roku with another input (probably coax) on the DSD DAC. I’m wondering how best to configure this equipment to work with my DSD DAC.
I’m apprehensive that such a good DAC is being fed by such mass market devices, with their inevitable design tradeoffs, but the Panny gets good reviews for video and I’m too late to the party to buy an OPPO. Since I need a Roku or Apple streamer, I’m giving the Roku Ultra a shot.
What product(s) do you use to connect your HDMI-output-only video devices to your DAC?
Does anyone use an HDMI switch with an audio extractor? Which one? For sound, do you prefer SPDIF over Coax to SPDIF over TOSLINK, or is the difference not significant? Has anyone tried the iFi SPDIF iPurifier2 to reclock a SPDIF-over-coax signal?
My thought has been to find an HDMI switch that extracts audio to SPDIF over coax and to then feed the SPDIF output through a reclocker like the iFi. Unfortunately, I can’t find a decent-looking box that offers all those capabilities along with HDMI 4K HDR video signal passthrough. I’m thinking of settling for an HDMI switch offering SPDIF over TOSLINK and foregoing the reclocker. Those products seem a little better, but still kind of iffy. One poster here recommended the XOLORspace 23421. The J-Tech SWE 31 looks like a decent candidate and I’ve had success with Cable Matters cables and they sell a Cable Matters 4-in 2-out Switch, which they claim offers 16/24bit 192KHz out of the optical TOSLINK, which would be nice to have if it works.
Then again, maybe I’d be better giving up the switch idea entirely and routing the Panny directly to the DSD DAC with optical and getting a simple HDMI splitter with a coax output for the Roku. I haven’t found many decent options there, but the Gofanco Prophecy 4K looks competent. That would give me the option of trying a reclocker on the Roku, at least.
Any recommendations or thoughts? I’d appreciate them!