After reading the post on DACs by CJROSS, I was wondering if a DAC would help me in my situation. Anyone who had not read my previous posts and is not familiar with my problem I'll summarise it briefly: I'm not happy with the stereo performance of my av amp (yamaha rvx440), using a high spec dvd player (toshiba sd900e) as the source. The sound seemed particularly bright, especially on vocal tracks and slightly hissy as well. In an attempt to solve the problem, i purchased an integrated stereo amp (cambridge A5) and a dedicated cdp (arcam cd72), the idea being the stereo amp would drive the fronts and the av amp would handle the the rest. This seemed to solve the problem and i was pleased with the sound but then i found out that there is no pre-out connections on the av amp so i'm currently not able to integrate all the components and i'm out of cash so i cant buy my way out. After reading the DACs post i wondered if i returned the stereo amp and cdp and used the money tp buy a DAC would it improve things? It sounds like a good idea but i have 2 concerns which you may be able to help me with: - I suspect the av amp is the problem with over bright stereo so would the DAC help with this problem or make it worse? - Since I am using a top end dvd player, which i assume has a top end DAC, is my budget of around £350 going to buy me a better DAC than I have already in the dvd player and result in better stereo performance?