@Joost_Eijkenboom @MazeFrame @MadGman @Gliflun
Alright, this will take a moment, (I may just copy paste and possibly edit this reply to the off topic section for future reference because I am a complicated bastard on the outside and actually fairly simple on the inside), seeing as my plans have actually changed throughout this post along with my understanding of the products themselves (the minidsp nanodigi, 2x4 hd, and dirac variants of other minidsp products). Hopefully this will clear up any misunderstandings of my setup and reason for using what I want to use.
It turns out, for what I have decided upon (in terms of setup gear choices), I no longer need a nanodigi. If that’s all you were confused on, stop reading here (I highly recommend reading all of this big-ass text wall). (Ironically, it’s probably way better for my setup that it went out of production. Interesting how things work out, eh?).
Now to begin explaining my chain and choices for picking my gear (full chain will be illustrated below individual parts):
These parts lists do not crossover most parts, they build upon the previous list.
Sound Setup - PCPartPicker
- Minidsp 2x4 HD (with IR remote):
I decided to use this as a means to serve as a decent dac and way to create crossovers between my sub and speakers. May do a bit of dsp frequency response flattening, but that can be a secondary usage. The remote is so it can be used as the main system volume control.
- monoprice rca cable x2 (1.5m):
I need 1 of these to go to the PA3 amp, and 1 to go to the volume knob. Nice black color, high quality, cheap.
Amplifier being used for the speakers in my setup. Very sleek black, simple, and quality sounding.
- Amazon basics speaker cables:
Simple cheap speaker cables. Black, high quality, 99% ofc. Being used in between the speakers and PA3.
Bookshelf speakers for my setup. Work well on a desk, up against a wall- perfect for my application. Will upgrade when I can pick out the shortcomings (dip in the midrange, dsp will help correct that). Simple, black, cheap, good.
Necessary for my application, as I want to turn up volume for the sub separately from my speakers occasionally when I just want to be bludgeoned with deep bass. will leave sub gain on max, and volume match with knob and mark the place on the knob. Sleek black.
- Monoprice rca cable (10ft):
Rca cable that connects the VK to the sub. Cheap, quality, black.
- Rythmik L12 Sealed 12" Sub:
Bass backbone of the setup. Picked for it’s spine crunching 12hz @ -3db frequency response and musical clarity. Black as well.
Necessary for my use case, as my speakers are going on a desk. Disconnect the speakers from the surface, minimizing desk resonance. Cheap, black.
Used for cleaning up cable clutter.
(split at the dsp)
Beefer gaming pc → Minidsp 2x4 HD → RCA cable (1.5m) → pa3 → Amazon SC → speakers
RCA cable (1.5m) → VK → RCA cable (10ft) → subwoofer
Okay, the list for the first upgrade to the setup (list crossover begins, only new parts will the listed, but old and new parts will be listed in the gear chain).
Sound Setup Upgrade 1 - PCPartPicker
Very pretty/sleek, black. assumed to match or outperform included usb cable from DDC.
USB DDC. hoping this will decease a good amount of EMI from beefer pc. Black, high quality I believe.
dsp for the system. Needed for crossovers, dsp correction, and high level room correction. Black.
- Blue Jeans coax cables x3 (1ft):
Necessary to connect the minidsp to my dacs. Black, high quality.
- Aune X8 Magic dac x2 (one with and one w/o op amps)
One for my speakers, one for my sub. Sleek, somewhat match my speaker amp. Can be configured for different equipment (different op amp for speakers vs sub).
- WBC rca cable x2 (0.5ft):
One for my amp, one for my VK. Very large upgrade from previous cables. Black.
- WBC speaker cables (6ft):
For the upgraded speakers, very high quality. Much better than the amazon cables, black.
- Paradigm monitor SE atom speakers:
VERY good near field performing speakers. Absolutely better than the price leads to believe. Black, pretty.
upgraded cable for the VK to sub run. Black. Very high quality.
- Cable Matters 90 degree rca adapters x6:
Used for cable management purposes. High quality assumed (dirt simple).
(split at the dsp)
Beefer gaming pc → hifi usb cable - > DDC → BJ coax → dsp → BJ coax → Aune x8 → WBC rca 0.5ft → pa3 → WBC speaker cables → paradigm speakers
BJ coax → Aune x8 → WBC rca 0.5ft → VK → WBC rca 15ft → subwoofer
(includes rca adapters where rca/coax cables are)
Alright, finally finished. Hopefully all this makes some amount of sense, it took around 2 hours to type. There is more standardizing I could do, but I can’t be half assed to honestly. Reply with questions if you have any, thankyou for reading all this and I hope it helps!