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#326365 - 10/22/10 06:50 PM Who listens in analog?
DreamTheater Offline
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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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#326368 - 10/22/10 07:14 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: DreamTheater]
ClubNeon Offline
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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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#326375 - 10/22/10 07:34 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: ClubNeon]
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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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#326382 - 10/22/10 07:45 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: tomtuttle]
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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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#326391 - 10/22/10 08:18 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: DreamTheater]
Joebob Offline
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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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#326392 - 10/22/10 08:22 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: Joebob]
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I forgot to my mention my dedicated headphone setup uses strictly analog cables. grin blush
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#326437 - 10/23/10 04:11 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: BlueJays1]
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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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#326453 - 10/23/10 10:12 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: bridgman]
fredk Offline
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::checks ears::

Yup, still listening in analog.
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#326454 - 10/23/10 10:14 PM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: DreamTheater]
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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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#326455 - 10/24/10 03:45 AM Re: Who listens in analog? [Re: JohnK]
radtek2 Offline
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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


Edited by radtek2 (10/24/10 03:54 AM)
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