Question on Pioneer's i-Link and like features

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by ToddP, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. ToddP

    ToddP Stunt Coordinator

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    What is the advantage (if any) of using the i-Link digital audio connection that Pioneer supplies on it's high end equipment? What is the difference between i-Link and a standard digital audio connection, be it optical or coax? I'm curious if it serves any true benefit. Thanks.
     
  2. Brian L

    Brian L Cinematographer

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    The short answer is that the standard digital connection does not support hi-rez (DVD-A or SACD).

    Without iLink or similar connections, you must use a multichannel analog connection for SCAD and DVD-A, and that exposes you to all sorts of potential problems with bass management, time alignment, etc.

    In theory, using an iLink connection allows all of that to be done in the receiver or pre/pro, rather than the player.

    BGL
     
  3. Robert Franklin

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    Don't forget its bidirectional and can support video. Although, it doesn't seem like manufacturers are not using it for video.
     

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