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AmusingistheDawn

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Would someone explain something to me. Why would it be suggested to use analog cables for stereo playback from a CD player? I can't find, or get a hold on why people do this. It seems that in a lot of high end stereo systems, people don't use a digital coax cable from the player...instead they use high end analog cables from a place like bluejeans. Would someone shed some light on this topic? It has me a wee bit confused.
 

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Sure, there are several reasons that one might use a CD player via analogue:

1. The DAC in a CD player is often superior to one found in a receiver
2. Ideally the DAC should be located as close to the CD transport as possible, to reduce electronic jitter. e.g. 111010101 sounds different than 111-01--0101
3. Some of us prefer an analogue sound over a digital sound

In my own system I have a Naim CD5x with FlatCap-2x power supply, using analogue DIN interconnects. This has an additional benefit of a common ground with my pre-amp. This is one the most natural and musical CD players I've ever heard, and comes very close to rivaling my turntable

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Do you think the DAC in my oppo 983 is superior than the one in the denon 2808? I understand that logic and it does make sense, but on to the other part...

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/...does-work.html

if you read through the thread, there is an argument if there is any noticeable differences in sound between players. Now, I do understand and also agree that turntables sound MUCH better and if set-up right, absolutely awsome. Perhaps you could chime in on the previous thread here to get some other points of view.
 

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Hard to say, why not connect the RCA cables that were included with your Oppo purchase and see for yourself what you prefer. Though I strongly suspect that at this pricepoint there will be little difference between the DAC's on the 983 and 2808.

My own CD player offers dual-mono 24-bit Burr-Brown chip, along with many other performance enhancements, but at the same time costs 10x the Oppo for perhaps a 20% improvement in sound quality.

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Yipes. I don't like that ratio. Well...if I had the money, I would do it in a second. I think I'm actually ditching the oppo for an "all in one". One receiver, one player, one tv, and 3 hdmi cables. SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE.
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Leftover $$$ goes towards new speakers.
 

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LOL yes don't follow my lead, when I was first building my system I had that exactly in mind.. but today my system consists of pre-amp, poweramp, power supply, phono stage, cd player, dvd player, hd-dvr, turntable, and will soon also include headphone amp and another power supply. 10 boxes, and a couple dozen cables

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This is what can happen if your not real careful! :laugh:

BTW, I'm no expert in analog sound quality, but I've owned 9-10 dvd players (including a Pioneer Elite 59avi and OPPO 970) and a couple of cd players over the last few years and the only one's that I've heard a noticable improvement with the two channel analogs is an H/K dvd-5 (featuring Wolfson DACS) and a surprise to me, an H/K dvd 47. Apparently dedicated cd players fare better. Receivers in use were an H/K 520 and Pioneer Elite 59txi. But again, not an expert like Alon
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I still think by spending 200 on a panny 35 and just being done with it...i'll be ahead. For the amount of money I'd have to spend to notice a difference, it's not worth it. Between using a stand alone CD player, a stand alone SD DVD player, and a stand alone BD player...I could use the panny 35 for everything and put 400-500 dollars into new main speakers.

I think money spent on good main speakers far outweigh spending excessive money on disc spinners. I have hdmi connections, and a pretty decent AVR...any player in the panny 35 price range will sound awsome.
 

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I have to agree. Any difference I heard was fairly small. Maybe someday I'll try putting together a really good two channel system, but for now I think I'll stick with what I have.
 

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