• WANTED: Happy members who like to discuss audio and other topics related to our interest. Desire to learn and share knowledge of science required as is 20 years of participation in forums (not all true). Come here to have fun, be ready to be teased and not take online life too seriously. We now measure and review equipment for free! Click here for details.

AES/EBU vs Analog XLR Input

Tangband

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
670
Likes
696
I would like to connect my 8330 monitors and 7350 sub digitally using the ASE-EBU cables.

The question is. Do I connect to the sub first and then out to the monitors or the monitors first and then the sub?

Is it important in what order I connect from the interface?

Thanks, Lewis.
I dont know if it soundwise is a difference. I dont have a GLM subwoofer, only two monitors. But I would try different options to see if some route would be preferable. The human hearing is least sensitive to the quality of low frequencies, like a subwoofer, so maybe putting the subwoofer last in the chain is preferable ?

I know, its only ones and zeros, but at the same time its spdif/AES and thats sensitive to jitter.
Daisy chaining the AES signal with 3 GLM units might be like 10 metres of digital cable .

There is a sample rate converter inside all GLM monitors, making them less sensitive for jitter I guess, but my own experiments with good clocking in separate USB bridges before the digital input on Genelec monitors, still makes a certain difference.

Maybe someone who has a Genelec GLM subwoofer and have tried different routing can comment on this ?
 
Last edited:

jae

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Joined
Dec 2, 2019
Messages
586
Likes
658
I'm considering getting some Genelecs as well but I don't really have any interest in using GLM. I was thinking of something like the SHD/SHD Studio and using DIRAC, or simply controlling everything from a dedicated PC with my own manual EQ/convolution. For the hefty price, it's honestly time these things had their own USB inputs, no excuse for not having that in this day and age.
 
Joined
May 5, 2018
Messages
67
Likes
37
Would the ADI-2 FS work as a front end to the Genelecs too? Says it has AES-3 out? I like the matrix option because of the cost and simplicity, but would like a headphone out too without having to add more gear. Having the analog outs might be useful for subs vs. the Matrix (If you are running non-genelec GLM subs).
 

Trell

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Joined
May 13, 2021
Messages
869
Likes
786
Would the ADI-2 FS work as a front end to the Genelecs too? Says it has AES-3 out? I like the matrix option because of the cost and simplicity, but would like a headphone out too without having to add more gear. Having the analog outs might be useful for subs vs. the Matrix (If you are running non-genelec GLM subs).
The ADI-2 FS has no USB input, though, and you must use GLM to change volume unless you can do that from the source.
 
Joined
May 5, 2018
Messages
67
Likes
37
The ADI-2 FS has no USB input, though, and you must use GLM to change volume unless you can do that from the source.
Ah good call—well that won’t work. I think the Matrix+GLM wired volume control looks like the right solution.
 

Tom C

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Forum Donor
Joined
Jun 16, 2019
Messages
668
Likes
570
Location
USA
MiniDSP Solution

I just got one of these for Christmas, so I haven’t had a chance to set it up yet. Got the tip from @jhaider . I‘m in USA, don’t know how easy or hard it is for you to get your hands on this, but it’s one of the more affordable solutions for multichannel here in my country.
RME makes a multichannel pcie card with 16 channels, but it gets pricey, about US$1,200. Lynx has similar for a bit less.
 
Top Bottom