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Sound quality of DAC in AVR300 ?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by clauser, Jul 13, 2005.

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  1. clauser

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    Hi,

    I am thinking of buying an Arcam DVD or CD player to use with my AVR300 but i am not sure on what to buy to get best CD replay for the money. So my question is: for which Arcam DVD or CD players is the sound quality via the analog outs to the analog in on the AVR300 (via DIRECT mode) better than the sound quality of the digital out to the DACs fo the AVR300 ?
    So, which of the next players gives a better result for plain stereo when connected via the analog outputs to the AVR300 (compared to connected via the digital output) ?
    CD73
    CD192
    DV78
    DV79
    CD36
    DV29

    Many thanks ...

    Kind regards,
    Erwin
     
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    your quite busy on the forum today clauser ;)
    I have not heard all players you mentioned, just a few of them but:

    the CD36 will be the BEST cd player you can think off in the Arcam range.
    I think it is followed by the DV29 and that one is very closely followed by the CD192. then cd73/dv79/dv78

    I tried the DV79 connected analogue and digital to my AVR300 and digital sounded a bit more "wider" but overall it is comparable.

    I am using a CD33T now for cd replay and it is ... GREAT
     
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    Hi,

    So, the sound from the Arcam DV78, DV79, CD72 and CD73 is probably better (or at least as good) when connected via the digital ouput to the AVR300 compared to being connected via the analog outputs. Only players like the DV29, CD192, CD33 and CD36 are better connected via the analog outputs to the AVR300.

    Kind regards,
    Erwin
     
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    Why not go and listen to them, then make your own mind up what combinations works best.

    for what its worth I think the CD192 is still a better cd player than either the DV27 or DV29.
     
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    Hi,

    I agree that it is best to listen, but the dealer in my area only has 1 or 2 Arcam DVD/CD players on demo and the listening environment is not very good.
    That is why i first try to collect some more opinions ;) .

    Kind regards,
    Erwin
     
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    I would place them in this order (best to worst) for cd playback quality:

    Arcam CD36

    Arcam C192

    Arcam DV29

    Arcam CD73

    Arcam DV27A

    Arcam DV78/79
     
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    The differences between the bottom three are very subtle and are very open to personal opinion an interpretation.
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the info. Since there are a few CD33 (upgrading to CD36) for sale recently, where would you put the CD33 ?

    Kind regards,
    Erwin
     
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    Just below the CD36
     
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    So yesterday I ordered the AVR300 for a second system. Right now I have a Denon DVD 2910 and a Benchmark DAC1 (with a PC-based transport) as sources for this system, but I'd like to sell off what I don't "need." The DAC1 is comparable to the CD33 (according to the Stereophile review), so does this mean the DAC1 will make a difference vs the DACs in the AVR300?

    I have the CD33 and DV79 in my main system (along with the A32/P35 and N804 speakers), but as the AVR300/DAC1 will be in a different location, I won't be able to make a direct comparison. I'm new to the AV receiver world, but it seems to me that they demonstrate their worth in multichannel processing and amplification, as opposed to straight two-channel music playback.
     
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    I have an AVR 250 and a DAC-1. I believe you'll find that the DAC-1 is somewhat better than the internal DACs. Only you can decide whether the difference matters more than the money you'd get by selling it. It looks like you'll be in a position to make the comparison. I'd be curious what you conclude.
     

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