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Jason
2004-01-27, 19:37
High dollar interconnects are bologna. Additionally the D/A converter in
the squeezebox is mediocre at best, you would find that the DAC in most
mid-line or better receivers or integrated amplifiers are substantially
better.

As a real world example in A/B tests on my Yamaha RXV-920 receiver between
the digital and analog outputs the digital output going to the RXV-920 and
then using the RXV-920's DAC results in noticeably cleaner, more dynamic
sound (going through a pair of Paradigm speakers).

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Colin
Burn-Murdoch
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 4:52 AM
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Subject: [slim] Connecting SqueezeBox via Digital or Analog?

> Is the sound quality better if I connect my SqueezeBox to the digital
> in's of a amp? (or does this depend on the quality of the "digital to
> analogue" converter in the amp?)
>
> Or does it work equally as well via phono?

You're probably better getting a good amp, and using good interconnects,
than settling for an amp you can find with a digital in... I'd spend 20 -
30 on interconnects. Check here for a selection:
http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=itemlist.php&c=1601

--
Colin Burn-Murdoch

Mark A. Aiken
2004-01-27, 22:18
Well let's not get into a cabling argument, but what's wrong with the
DAC in the SB? I don't know anything about what differentiates DACs, so
maybe someone could explain why it may be worth the money to buy a
standalone DAC or a pricey receiver in the hopes of improving audio quality.

I couldn't hear a difference between my SB and my (old) NAC 5425 CD
player, which was sold as fairly high-end gear in its day. I'm willing to
give "I can hear a difference" claims some credence, but that crowd also
contains all the folks that "hear" a difference when they use a green marker
on the edge of their CDs to keep the laser light from diffusing too much...

Mark

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Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 6:37 PM
Subject: [slim] Connecting SqueezeBox via Digital or Analog?


> High dollar interconnects are bologna. Additionally the D/A converter in
> the squeezebox is mediocre at best, you would find that the DAC in most
> mid-line or better receivers or integrated amplifiers are substantially
> better.
>
> As a real world example in A/B tests on my Yamaha RXV-920 receiver between
> the digital and analog outputs the digital output going to the RXV-920 and
> then using the RXV-920's DAC results in noticeably cleaner, more dynamic
> sound (going through a pair of Paradigm speakers).
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Colin
> Burn-Murdoch
> Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 4:52 AM
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: [slim] Connecting SqueezeBox via Digital or Analog?
>
> > Is the sound quality better if I connect my SqueezeBox to the digital
> > in's of a amp? (or does this depend on the quality of the "digital to
> > analogue" converter in the amp?)
> >
> > Or does it work equally as well via phono?
>
> You're probably better getting a good amp, and using good interconnects,
> than settling for an amp you can find with a digital in... I'd spend
20 -
> 30 on interconnects. Check here for a selection:
> http://www.richersounds.com/index.php?f=itemlist.php&c=1601
>
> --
> Colin Burn-Murdoch
>
>