Hello! New to the board and want to introduce myself with a question that has me stumped.
I recently purchased a used Volvo S80 equipped with Dynaudio speakers/passive crossovers and powered by a class D Alpine amp/DSP fed by fiber optical digital input signals (no RCA outs). Blown away by the fundamental sound quality of the system EXCEPT that is clearly under powered and needs a sub.
I don't want to go active and don't need time alignment either and don't want to flatten the EQ curve and re-work it. Love it just the way it is. Dynaudio and Volvo engineers have done stunning work but apparently some penny pinching accountant decided the anemic class D amp is sufficient but it clearly isn't (for my taste anyway). I think my only option is taking a high level feed from the factory amp/DSP so what I am looking for is the cleanest, most unaltered signal possible to feed both a two channel Butler amp for mains, along with a sub amp. The only "processing" i need to for high pass filter to the sub. The existing speakers have passive crossovers voiced exactly the way I like them - just need more power.
I'm stumped because I can't decide between a processor such as an Audison Bit Ten which seems like a quality product but perhaps way overkill for what I need, or maybe a simple but high quality line level converter is a perfect solution? It is WAY more important to me to maintain signal integrity than to have gobs of processing power and capabilities. I am from the camp that simple, yet high quality components are preferred over complex designs with lower quality components.
So with that background and objective, is there an "ideal" solution or does every option come with compromises?