what mode do you use for music on your arcam avr?

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    i'm connecting via rca digital. should i chose stereo pcm, pliix or neo ?
     
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    All depends on what you want. Stereo sound or surround sound using a stereo source.

    Pure Stereo - Personally I would connect my source via analogue connections to the AVR and select stereo direct in the setup menu - this bypasses the digital circuitry and reduces any possible digital interference / noise.
    You should be able to use this method whether using a dedicated CD player or a DVD player.

    If you have to use a Digital Coaxial connection for some reason - as below
    Stereo - Select stereo as the processing output
    Surround - Down to personal choice - both are basically matrixed surround sound from a stereo source.

    My personal opinion is that you will get the best possible sound using analogue connections and setting up as stereo direct as detailed above. That is how I am set up.
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    what if your stereo sources DAC is crap?
     
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    Fair point but OP doesn't say what his source is.
    In that scenario I would select stereo as the processing mode as I said above.
     
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    I use a digital coax connection to my AVR300 (using a Denon 3910 multi forma DVD player as CD source). The DAC in the AVR is considerably better than the Denon. I use Stereo PCM for music, with my sub providing a little bit of added bottom end. I only use PLII Music mode when listening / watching the various Sky music channels -they sound pretty good on the processed surround mode.

    Have not however listened to any CD's on my 3910 in the past 3 weeks since getting a Squeezebox, which (to my surprise) sounds even better than the 3910 on digital coax, playing (jitter free) uncompressed CD rips. Best £180 I have spent in ages.
     
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    i'm connecting with a digital coaxial from my pc and using spdif output.

    for stereo, do you use any of the "effects"?

    i've found stereo to be not as good as pliix music in most cases. sometimes the neo music is pretty good too. the others aren't very good.
     
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    I personally prefer a pure stereo sound.
    The use of PLIIx Music or any other processing is down to personal taste.
    I still reckon that a dedicated CD player will outclass antything else.
     

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