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crion2 11-04-2020 07:50 AM

I hear you Kal, I was vouching for an USB MCH input back then as it would have made the 861 quite unique to this day.

But times moved on and today I enjoy the UHD722 with ATV4K and I have to say that MCH FLAC through VLC or ripped Bluray MCH concerts through Infuse 6 sounds absolutely awesome with the DSP 8000 SE's and throughout the DSP range which forms my 7.0.

I still absolutely love what a dialed in Trifield does with the quality present in the 861v8. What also has changed since the beginning days of streaming is better hardware and software. I run the Meridian 210 streamer (ROON RAAT) to my 861V8 setup for decoded MQA and then I can apply Trifield, Ambisonics or whatever I'd like.

The addition of Shunyata noise reduction technologies throughout the system have also helped immensely to further deliver that Power and Beauty that DSP8kSE's already possess.

Hifi switch Uptone Etherregen with an external 10MHz OCXO clock makes you further feel the air in the recording venue, absolutely awesome!

steve59 12-05-2020 05:55 PM

Can I veer a bit and ask about the 210. I use a roon nucleus and a 218 to feed my 8kse. I can’t justify an 818v3 as I really only stream anymore. Do you have any idea about the 210 in my system or would it be redundant with what I’m using now. Tia Steve

Soundserge 12-05-2020 06:18 PM

A 210 in your system is redundant, unless you want to add an additional zone or you want to feed audio via bluetooth to your existing zone. An additional zone would also need a DAC with SPDIF input.

steve59 12-08-2020 08:25 PM

Thanks for the reply.

crion2 12-26-2020 03:57 AM

There is a mod though if you are ready for that route to bypass the internal SMPS of the 218 or 210 for that matter and mount a DC-jack.

That can take you closer to the 818v3 with a good LPSU.

I’m considering this myself and I have a contact that I trust to perform it.

steve59 01-01-2021 03:07 PM

Interesting, is the id40 card an upgrade to the dac in the 218 and with the se speakers would the decoding happen in the speakers anyhow?

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