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  1. #1
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    Jan 2007

    H/T Analog Question

    I have a Krell integrated high-current amplifier, along with some electrostatic Martin Logan speakers. I am upgrading portions of my home theatre, and are trying to find a solution to a problem.

    Do most good modern DVD (and BluRay/HDDVD) still come with an integrated DAC for analog processing? If so, are they really any good? I was contemplating buying an external audio DAC for processing the digital audio signals and passing that to my integrated amplifier.

    I had previously run RCA cables from each component to the integrated amplifier, but I am now looking at upgrading to a DLP HD television, and possibly getting a BluRay or HDDVD player. How should I hook this up, given my integrated amplifier only supports analog and I have no desire to replace high end audio equipment with something newer just to gain the ability to process digital signals?

    Thank you!

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    Mar 2003
    halifax,nova scotia,canada
    Yes you will find that any good quality dvd player has a good on board dac.I recently had the new Arcam dv137 inhouse for a few days and its analog performance was top notch.You sound as though you will be using the player in 2 channel mode,so just make sure the player is set to downmix to stereo.And you will still need your cd player,as getting a dvd player that does a good job with cd's will cost a LOT of money.


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    Phila combat zone JoeE SP9's Avatar
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    Jun 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    With the kind of gear you are using a high quality external DAC with oversampling will probably sound better. This really only applies when using 2 channel audio.
    ARC SP9 MKIII, VPI HW19, Rega RB300
    Marcof PPA1, Shure, Sumiko, Ortofon carts, Yamaha DVD-S1800
    Behringer UCA222, Emotiva XDA-2, HiFimeDIY
    Accuphase T101, Teac V-7010, Nak ZX-7. LX-5, Behringer DSP1124P
    Front: Magnepan 1.7, DBX 223SX, 2 modified Dynaco MK3's, 2, 12" DIY TL subs (Pass El-Pipe-O) 2 bridged Crown XLS-402
    Rear/HT: Emotiva UMC200, Acoustat Model 1/SPW-1, Behringer CX2310, 2 Adcom GFA-545

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