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Phillip Kerman
2004-11-23, 17:45
I have to disagree with your blanket statement Mike Kozlowski--that you
won't experience a noticeable difference with a good DAC. I am just using
the internal DAC in my surround receiver. It's definitely night and day.
It's not unlistenable, but definitely worth the moderate investment
difference... if the rest of the system can support it.

It doesn't sound like your test was faulty but I still wonder. There are so
many factors. Also, I believe optical digital is inherently less dynamic
than RCA. Perhaps it was your wires though I dare suggest a whole nother
thread on wires.

I agree with most of the rest of the comments on this thread. And, I'm not
saying that you simply can't tell the difference. I'd encourage others to
just trying going analog to a surround receiver and then digital to one that
supports it. I'll stick by the night and day comment.

Thanks,
Phillip

Mike Kozlowski
2004-11-23, 17:53
On Tue, 23 Nov 2004, Phillip Kerman wrote:

> It doesn't sound like your test was faulty but I still wonder. There are so
> many factors. Also, I believe optical digital is inherently less dynamic
> than RCA. Perhaps it was your wires though I dare suggest a whole nother
> thread on wires.

Frankly, comments like these ("But once I switched power cords, the bass
really kicked in!") only make me more skeptical that the differences are
ever observable. FWIW, I was using a coax cable, which I suspect
transmits every bit as dynamically as optical.

> I agree with most of the rest of the comments on this thread. And, I'm not
> saying that you simply can't tell the difference. I'd encourage others to
> just trying going analog to a surround receiver and then digital to one that
> supports it. I'll stick by the night and day comment.

Are you sure that your receiver isn't converting analog signals to digital
for further processing? Most do, I believe, and if that's happening to
your analog inputs, then it's no surprise that a straight D/A conversion
inside the receiver sounds better than a D/A conversion in the Squeezebox
followed by an A/D conversion on the input and then another D/A conversion
on the output...

--
Mike Kozlowski
http://www.klio.org/mlk/