I’m hoping someone can help me understand what is happening when Sonos Connect is connected to my preamp via optical input to my preamp, which also has a DAC. Does the optical connection bypass the DAC in the Connect? Or does the conversion happen in the Connect? I’m trying to figure out if the DAC in the preamp then does additional conversion, or if it does nothing because it is seeing an analogue signal that doesn’t need conversion?
I’m fine with the DAC in the Sonos, but the reality is my preamp has one also. I’m not sure how to think about what might be the best way to connect the devices to avoid having to go through the conversion twice (or if that even matters).
Many thanks for the education.
Best answer by Kumar
If you have wired the Connect's optical out to the digital input of the preamp, the Connect DAC is bypassed and not in use. Alternatively, the Connect DAC can be used, by wiring the analog output to the analog inputs on the preamp; that will bypass the preamp DAC. Which way to go can be as trivial as which cable you happen to have.