In my house there’s a Panasonic Smart TV (from ~2017), and a pair of JBL LSR305 MkII.
I need a DAC that can bridge the TV to the speakers. I think if outputting Digital from the TV, I can just use the TV volume control? I understand I would output PCM from the TV to the DAC. Can this be sent via a choice of USB or Optical?
Two options I’ve found are: SMSL SU-8 , MiniDSP 2x4 HD. A merit of the SU-8 is it has balanced output. They’re both expensive relative to the JBL’s.
I’m more inclined to the MiniDSP because the SU-8 has a remote control which is surplus to requirement. The MiniDSP is not balanced though.
A third option of interest also is the MiniDSP 2x4 Balanced. I’m not sure why it’s so much cheaper than the HD. And the terminals are not XLR - I don’t know how I’d connect it via XLR to the 305’s.
What device should I use?