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Old 27th November 2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default Behringer DCX2496 digital input

Hi guys. I have been trying to choose an electronic crossover and a DAC and saw PE's ad for the Behringer DCX2496. This item comes up pretty often in the speaker forums so I read up on it. I noticed that one set of inputs is described as AES/EBU. I found a SPDIF to AES/EBU convertor by HOSA but there are probably many. Has anyone had experience with converting the SPDIF out on their PC to AES/EBU rather than using a DAC? Thanks for any help.

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Old 29th November 2011, 02:50 AM   #2
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Default SPDIF goes straight in

Hi, I use a DCX2496 on my PC speaker system.

I have a cheap generic RCA socket to XLR adapter, it simply connects RCA + input to XLR + and earth to earth. This works fine for digital input: spdif on coax goes into input 1 on the dcx2496 via the adapter, the DCX detects it perfectly.

I don't think you need anything more complex.

The DCX replaced a DAC and analog active crossover very satisfactorily, it's quiet and sounds good. Not wonderful, not state of the art, but for the price a very good result.

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Old 29th November 2011, 03:16 AM   #3
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I've also had no problem running SPDIF right in via RCA to XLR.
There is a big DCX thread here: Behringer DCX2496 digital X-over
Always best to search a bit before starting a new thread.
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Old 29th November 2011, 12:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response, marvin55. I am glad to hear that this will work out for me. I did read on several sites about minor differences between SPDIF and AES3 Voltage level, impedance) but if this works then great. I was also interseted in the crossover portion as I now biamp and look to triamp soon. The time compensation capability seems really useful.
Pano, Thanks for the link and the nod of confidence regarding the Behringer. I am a big fan of searching. Use the tool often. As a moderator, can you not see such activity against my login?
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You can also download the English user manual for the DCX from Behringer.de which would have given all the answers ;-)

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Old 30th November 2011, 12:08 AM   #6
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No, can not. But it's a big and woolly thread with a lot of info. Most questions are answered there. Or as Jan mentions, the manual.
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Old 30th November 2011, 01:49 AM   #7
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hi janneman, the manual was visible on partsexpress' site and was helpful but I got a little concerned with the reading I did about the voltage and impedance differences between the SPDIF and AES3 formats. I did also read that later circuits had become more tolerant of the differences and am really glad to hear that marvin55 and Pano have had good personal sucesses with a simple solution. Thanks, that pretty much sells it for me.
Pano, big and wooly is right. Swimming thru it best I can. Thanks again.
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Hi, I use a DCX2496 on my PC speaker system.

I have a cheap generic RCA socket to XLR adapter, it simply connects RCA + input to XLR + and earth to earth. This works fine for digital input: spdif on coax goes into input 1 on the dcx2496 via the adapter, the DCX detects it perfectly.

I don't think you need anything more complex.

The DCX replaced a DAC and analog active crossover very satisfactorily, it's quiet and sounds good. Not wonderful, not state of the art, but for the price a very good result.

cheers

Tony
Hi: I'm doing the same , and learning very quickly as I go. You are saying rca + to to xlr +(2pin) and shield to shield (3 pin). Set digital input mode on DCX to S/pdif . All should be good? I'm running Foobar 2000 with the (event) Wasapi plugin, hopefully direct to the DCX's Dac. Am I going in the right direction as I need to setup a tri-amp horn loaded system to do my traveling DJ show (Jazz/Blues/Anything that moves you) . Thank you in advance 2S2P
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Yes, that works for me. Pin 2 hot, pins 1&3 grounded. I keep the cable short. If you need to do a long run, there are 75 to 110 ohm spdif transformers for sale. They are small and usually have BNC on one end, XLR on the other. Places like Markertec sell them.
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Old 28th January 2013, 12:43 AM   #10
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crap..wher eis the picture of the traces you need to cut when you wire straight to the dcs digital input?

going aes/ebu in to dcx.. and where does the pin 1 shileded/gnd go to in the dcx

i replaced the shitty stock dcx xlr with a canare 110ohm shielded one. but all pins in that are isolated from the case.
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