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Jon Schalliol
2004-05-30, 16:56
One misconception I'd like to put to rest is that a receiver is
somehow inferior to separates or an integrated amplifier. The
inclusion of a AM/FM tuner does not need to reduce the quality of the
audio, and neither does the integration of an amplifier,
pre-amplifier, or digital processor. This of course depends upon
which you select, but as long as they are isolated properly, there
shouldn't by definition be any degradation. People aren't going to
argue that some [Wor]stBuy bought receiver is going to have the same
quality amplifier as a Mark Levinson No. 33, but my point is that
people shouldn't feel that they've got a better system just because
it's less integrated. In fact, this integration can be an
improvement over separates because the designers know exactly what
will be receiving signals it is also transmitting.

>Tom,
>
>These opinions you are getting are dead on. Digital coax is preferable in
>high end audio and you will not hear a great difference if you just buy a
>DAC just so you can use a digital coax. I think what others are tying to
>tell you is, if you are going to start spending money on your system and
>want high end audio, start by replacing the receiver with separates or at
>least a quality integrated. Also, what kind of speakers do you use? And, are
>you currently using the receiver for mult-channel home theater? If so, then
>the combining of ht and quality 2 channel can present a challenge.
>
>Lloyd

Lloyd Madsen
2004-05-31, 09:06
In general it is not a misconception that separates or integrateds do a
better job with 2 channel audio when compared to AV receivers. While there
may be some stand out receivers out there that can perform well with 2
channel audio, there are may other products that were originally designed
for the single purpose of delivering superior 2 channel sound. The bottom
line though is to buy what sounds good to you and not take my word for it.
Get out there and find what floats your boat and don't worry about what
people think. You don't have to spend huge dollars to get good sound. The
Squeezebox if a perfect example. Being able to replace an expensive
transport with this cool device. How cool is that?





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Subject: [slim] What's the audio quality like?


> One misconception I'd like to put to rest is that a receiver is
> somehow inferior to separates or an integrated amplifier. The
> inclusion of a AM/FM tuner does not need to reduce the quality of the
> audio, and neither does the integration of an amplifier,
> pre-amplifier, or digital processor. This of course depends upon
> which you select, but as long as they are isolated properly, there
> shouldn't by definition be any degradation. People aren't going to
> argue that some [Wor]stBuy bought receiver is going to have the same
> quality amplifier as a Mark Levinson No. 33, but my point is that
> people shouldn't feel that they've got a better system just because
> it's less integrated. In fact, this integration can be an
> improvement over separates because the designers know exactly what
> will be receiving signals it is also transmitting.
>
> >Tom,
> >
> >These opinions you are getting are dead on. Digital coax is preferable in
> >high end audio and you will not hear a great difference if you just buy a
> >DAC just so you can use a digital coax. I think what others are tying to
> >tell you is, if you are going to start spending money on your system and
> >want high end audio, start by replacing the receiver with separates or at
> >least a quality integrated. Also, what kind of speakers do you use? And,
are
> >you currently using the receiver for mult-channel home theater? If so,
then
> >the combining of ht and quality 2 channel can present a challenge.
> >
> >Lloyd
>