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CD playback through my AV amplifier

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by gaust, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. gaust

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    I'll start with some background - I have a Marantz SR5300 AV receiver/amplifier with which I have been using a DVD player connected via a digital coaxial to play CDs with pleasant results. However I have recently changed my DVD player from a Wharfedale which sounded really nice to a pioneer which sounded less nice. I now have a few questions which it would be really helpful is someone could answer

    1. Why do these two DVD players sound different when connected through the digital coaxial cable (and therefore presumably using the amplfiers DACs)?

    2. Due to the difference in sound quality I was considering buying a separate CD player (something like an NAD 521BEE or a Cambridge Azur 640C is the budget will stretch). However I have read that any input you feed into an AV amplifier goes through the amplifiers DACs - so would this negate the point of buying an expensive CD player? Or would it sound better if conncted through the analogue inputs?

    3. Would I be better off just saving up and buying a separate CD player and stereo amp to avoid these problems?

    Thanks in advance for any replies / information that you can give me - I have managed to get myself really confused over the last couple of days!!
     
  2. Mylo

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    If you can afford it buy a dedicated CD player and a decent quality stereo interconnect, under £20 buys a good lead if you know where to look. Plug the lead into the analogue CD inputs on the Marantz. When you want to listen to CD's use the source direct button on the receiver to bypass all electronic enhancements. My Marantz SR4200 is very capable with CD's using this method. Even the best DVD players are not that hot at CD replay unless you spend mega bucks.
     
  3. MarkE19

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    IMHO going from worst (but cheapest) to best (but most expensive) your options are as follows:

    connect current DVD to AV via analogue phono cables for CD replay
    connect new CD player to AV via optical (or coax)
    connect new CD to AV via analogue phono cable
    connect new CD to new HiFi amp via analogue phono lead

    Mark.
     
  4. CosmicOne

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    but noone answeres his question??coz i also really want to know the answer to his 1rst question:

    "1. Why do these two DVD players sound different when connected through the digital coaxial cable (and therefore presumably using the amplfiers DACs)?"
     
  5. MarkE19

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    because not all disk transports are equal!
    It is not just the DACs that affect the sound from a digital transport, but things like 'jitter' etc can make what should be a good signal sound bad.

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