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steinbch
2010-07-20, 11:53
I recently added a Touch to my arsenal of home theater gear. I'm trying to set it up for the best possible sound, but not sure what the correct settings should be. Can anyone please help me out with these two questions?

1 - Should I use the analog or digital outputs of the Touch?

2 - What setting should the Onkyo be set at? The two listening modes I'm debating between are Pure and Stereo.

Thanks for your input!

toby10
2010-07-20, 12:02
I recently added a Touch to my arsenal of home theater gear. I'm trying to set it up for the best possible sound, but not sure what the correct settings should be. Can anyone please help me out with these two questions?

1 - Should I use the analog or digital outputs of the Touch?

2 - What setting should the Onkyo be set at? The two listening modes I'm debating between are Pure and Stereo.

Thanks for your input!

1. try both
2. try both

weresloth
2010-07-21, 08:22
1. try both
2. try both

Translation - Your ears will be the best judge of the audio played from your system, especially since we have no specifics around the exact model of Onkyo you own, your speakers, the acoustics of the room, etc.

Mr. Resistor
2010-07-21, 21:17
I have an Integra 9.9 (Onkyo's high end brand). I went with the digital out and use Pure, but ymmmv.

- Jim -

Mnyb
2010-07-21, 21:56
I recently added a Touch to my arsenal of home theater gear. I'm trying to set it up for the best possible sound, but not sure what the correct settings should be. Can anyone please help me out with these two questions?

1 - Should I use the analog or digital outputs of the Touch?

2 - What setting should the Onkyo be set at? The two listening modes I'm debating between are Pure and Stereo.

Thanks for your input!

1 and 2. Does this Onkyo have a true analog pass-through ?? in any of these modes ??

if not = always use digital with 100% volume, do all processing in the receiver.

Without analog pass-through you will first use the Touch's DA converter to produce the analog signal, put that trough an AD at the Onkyos input and finally DA again inside the reciever, this leads to obvius problems.
So for the majority of HT products use the digital output on a squeezebox.

Note that even if you have analogpass-through, invoking any processing like using the subwofer or any DSP mode would make the signal do the AD-DA route anyway

steinbch
2010-07-22, 13:28
Thanks. That has been helpful information. I probably should have stated that the receiver is an Onkyo TX-SR805. It, along with my JBL L880 speakers, are built more for movies, but it has a Burr Brown DAC which seems to be pretty good from what I've read.

Also, as far as 'Pure' is concerned, I get mixed input from everyone regarding using this setting. It turns off all the video signals and apparently makes no adjustments to the audio stream and ignores the equalizer. I definitely get a different sound when switching between the stereo and pure modes, with the pure mode seeming to be a little thinner but less muffled.

toby10
2010-07-22, 14:18
Thanks. That has been helpful information. I probably should have stated that the receiver is an Onkyo TX-SR805. It, along with my JBL L880 speakers, are built more for movies, but it has a Burr Brown DAC which seems to be pretty good from what I've read.

Also, as far as 'Pure' is concerned, I get mixed input from everyone regarding using this setting. It turns off all the video signals and apparently makes no adjustments to the audio stream and ignores the equalizer. I definitely get a different sound when switching between the stereo and pure modes, with the pure mode seeming to be a little thinner but less muffled.

Yeah, that's why it is best to compare for yourself as there are MANY factors involved.
My Yamaha has a very good Burr Brown DAC and I prefer it over my SB3's DAC (also Burr Brown).

All audio outs are active (always on) with SB players so it is very easy to compare all output types for a decent A/B comparison.

Pure will also mean no bass management if you use your AVR settings for such. Pure can only be truly used to it's potential if you use full range floor standing speakers.