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Who listens in analog?
#326365 10/22/10 10:50 PM
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Just curious how many of you listen via analog, or do you use toslink/HDMI. Also, anyone here use an external DAC?


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DreamTheater #326368 10/22/10 11:14 PM
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Straight digital until it hits the DAC built into the receiver. I can't stand the noise introduced by physical pick-up on analog sources. So, since I'm starting digital, I want to keep it that way as long as possible. All my sources connect by HDMI now.


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ClubNeon #326375 10/22/10 11:34 PM
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I just had a card reader implanted in my skull and now I just kind of ride the waves of 1's and 0's. It doesn't mean anything and elicits no emotional response, but the fidelity is amazing.


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tomtuttle #326382 10/22/10 11:45 PM
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I use multi-channel analog through my Panasonic Blu-ray player, everything else optical/toslink and coax.


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DreamTheater #326391 10/23/10 12:18 AM
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I partially listen in analog. I use a Mac Mini as a music server connected via toslink to a Musical Fidelity V-DAC (external DAC), connected to the receiver via RCA's. So it's digital-digital-analog.

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Joebob #326392 10/23/10 12:22 AM
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I forgot to my mention my dedicated headphone setup uses strictly analog cables. grin blush


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BlueJays1 #326437 10/23/10 08:11 PM
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Vinyl is analog, everything else is digital. Not sure if it was imagination or not, but it seemed that CD playback (from an inexpensive 200-disk changer) sounded just the tiniest bit better via digital coax even after matching SPL.

The digital path seemed to play 1-2 dB louder than analog, so it's possible that my perception was skewed by the initially louder digital playback. My friends and family have a very limited store of patience for helping with blind testing, and I have an equally limited store of free time.


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bridgman #326453 10/24/10 02:12 AM
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::checks ears::

Yup, still listening in analog.


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DreamTheater #326454 10/24/10 02:14 AM
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Erik, the strict answer to your question would be that everyone listens in analog, since that's how speakers and our ears work. You're speaking of course in the more limited sense of in what form the signals are traveling over the connecting cables to the receiver. My CDs and DVDs output digitally over coax to be converted by the receiver DACs. No separate DAC is either necessary or helpful.


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JohnK #326455 10/24/10 07:45 AM
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Well of course my vinyl is analog, my other music listening is with the Oppo BDP-83SE. I use the dedicated 2channel outs for CDs and the Multichannel outputs for 5.1 DVD-A and SACD. I set the NAD T785HD analog inputs to bypass. So I guess most of music I listen too is in the analog world as soon as it leaves the Oppo. That's how I roll. grin

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