XM Sound Quality: XM Direct vs. XMPCR?
I'm afraid that I already know the answer to my question but I want to ask anyway:
I currently own and use an XMPCR with optical-out mod. The sound quality difference of the optical out as compared to the analog out is like night and day. The analog line out is horrible sounding, and the optical out sounds really, really nice!.
The problem is that the optical mod is turning out to be very limiting for me. I'm in the process of upgrading my car pc, and it seems like everything I choose, I have to do so working around the need for an optical input for my XMPCR. Seems like the choices for that are either the Audigy 2NX USB sound card, or a few PCI sound cards out there (but the Audigy 2 NX seems to be the only one that allows you to use Optical In completely un-buffered, and passthrough to the analog output of the card). And XM is what I use most in the car :(
So, all that being said, I'm just trying to weigh my options and determine whether the XM Direct is something that I can even consider? Has anyone here used both the XM Direct and the PCR? Is the analog line out sound quality of the Direct any better than the analog line out sound quality of the PCR?