Both the CXN V2, and the CXA61/81 use high quality internal DACs with differing sound profiles. It is worth experimenting with connections between the CXC, the CXN V2, and the CXA61/81 to see which you prefer.
To connect the CXC to a CXN V2 and CXA61/81 using the internal DAC of the CXN V2:
- Connect the CXC to one of the digital inputs on the CXN V2 using either S/P DIF for a shorter connection, or TOSLINK optical for a longer connection.
- Connect the CXN V2 outputs to one of the analogue inputs of the CXA61/81 via balanced XLR (CXA81 only), or unbalanced RCA.
- You will now be able to select the CXC as an audio source on the CXN V2 for high quality CD playback.
Alternatively, the CXC can be connected directly to the CXA61/81 using the S/P DIF input, or one of the TOSLINK optical inputs. This will then use the internal DAC of the CXA61/81.
As both digital outputs on the CXC are active at the same time it is also possible to connect the CXC directly to both the CXN V2, and CXA61/81 simultaneously giving you the option of two separate listening experiences.