I know there is an extra analog to digital to analog conversion with the Catalyst speakers due to the DSP. I was wondering if this degrades the sound quality or signal sent from the pre/pro? If I get something like an RS20i or Altitude32, will the sound quality of their excellent DACs be worsened because of this?
IMO, many get way too caught up with the idea of another AD-DA conversion. The only real concern is noise floor which can increase during the A-D processes. The analog stages on either end of the AD-DA are more likely to have an impact on sound than the actual process. In the case of an active speaker like the Catalyst, the speaker is designed with the entire chain from the XLR input to the drivers as a whole. Most grossly underestimate how significant a broad, +/-0.5dB tilt at the higher frequencies is to the "detail" perceived. Much more important than the question of if the A-D conversion at the input of a Catalyst reduces something is the question of how much improvement does the DSP executed crossover through 3 discrete amplifiers offer vs a passive execution. Is that benefit greater than having to make the design work with passive components?
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