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I-link instead of coaxial/optical?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Abbs985uk, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. Abbs985uk

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    Just bought a Pioneer vsx2014 whic has I-link
    Is it possible to use the I-link to connect to pioneer DVD player for sound purposes and will it transfer all decoding ie DTS, neo 6 etc? Or would a coaxial still be best option?

    Thanks
     
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    IMHO you would be best to use the i-link connection, as it offers supposed sonic benefits over standard digital connections.
     
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    I am using i link between 2 x pioneer units and its great.

    However, not really sure if there is a sonic improvement but CD's do sound better and by that I would imagine that movies do to but I am yet to crank it up as in a shared house :(

    Pete.
     
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    Given i-Link is also found on PCs, I don't suppose you could connect a 2014i to a PC via i-Link and use it as an external souncard as well, like some amps have a USB connection.
     
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    Is the I l-Link compatible with use on a Denon DVD 3910 dev player? or is the denon link different?
     
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    The i-link connection between my Pioneer 868 and AX5Ai using a cheap cable supplied with the 868 sounds audibly better than the same two components connected with a very (very) high quality digital coaxial lead. I can't say enough good things about i-link for audio, especially in Pioneer flavour, which includes PQLS anti-jitter systems over i-link.
     
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    Ditto

    Pioneer 868 and Yamaha DSP-Z9 connected with cable which came with 868 and the same result - much better than good interconnects
     
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    Are you sure about that?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    I-link between Denon & Pioneer (if that is what you are asking) should be fine.
    Just make sure that you select the correct I-link "mode" in the menu. One is for connection to just Denon amp/receivers & the other is universal.

    Denon Link is a totally seperate connection (RJ45 plug) & is only for between Denon suitably equipped products. It has higher bandwidth than I-link but can't currently pass SACD like I-link can.
     
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    any links?

    I thought the i-link was only found on dvd players and amps.
     
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    i.Link is the 4 pin version of FireWire (IEEE1394). You find FireWire on most computers theses days, Sony put i.Link on their laptops such as this model.

    It terms of consumer kit, it's mostly found on digital camcorders.
     
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    i thought the iLink was a unique interface used by the manufacturers, and different from firewire.
     
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    Nope as said above it is a standard IEEE 1394 interface Sony christened it I-link for use in Consumer kit like CAM Corders.
     
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    It may in essence be a Firewire link,but it will not work for the transfer of encrypted digital data other than with other I-Link enabled equipment,and DAC's suitable for the purpose of decoding DVD-A/SACD.

    I think you will find that the "handshaking" protocols necessary will only be found when 2 such components are connected,rather than just plugging it into a PC.

    From the point of the original post,you should get very good results from using the DVD player and receiver via the i-Link.
     

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