Would my setup benefit from a DAC?


Novice Member
Hi all.

I'm restricted with space in my house so to listen to music I have to use my AV receiver (onkyo 508) via an Airport Express. The sound quality is not bad but I'm wondering whether it would be improved if I add a separate DAC? My understanding is that both the AE and my AV receiver have on board DAC's so would a separate one be worth it, or would it be an overkill given that my current setup is relatively 'budget'?

To confirm my current setup is thus:

Ipod/iPad > airport express > optical > onkyo 508 > kef t101's

Thanks in advance...


Well-known Member
I'd say no, an AV Receiver isn't usually good enough as an amp to warrant an external DAC.


Standard Member
You'll never know until you try. I've generally found the difference in DACs to be very small once you get to a certain level.

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