I finally got around to buying and hooking up analog cables to listen to DVD-Audio from my Denon 1600 to my Onkyo TX-DS898 about 2 months ago. I bought Bueno Vista Social Club and Alanis Morrisette(for my wife)and calibrated the speakers, almost the same as my reciever's setup, on the Denon. Did some listening, sounded pretty good, but haven't seen too many disks I want for $20 since. I heard great things about Diana Krall Live In Paris DVD, so I figured I'd check that out. This prompted me to really test my ananlog and digital connections to compare sound quality since I can run DTS with both connectins, unlike DVD-A that only lets you get hi-rez through analog. I figured with a music DVD I could hear diffences easier than a movie. To make a long story short, the analog is definately cleaner sounding than the digital output in music and movies. Cymbals are crisper, the voices are less muddy, etc. This is in "Direct" mode with no tone controls for either. So the difference being that the Onkyo decodes digitally and the Denon does the analog stuff. I was kinda suprised, apparantly the DAC's in the Denon are superior to my Onkyo, which was pretty expensive($1500 retail), and one of their better A/V recievers. I use Radio Shack analog cables(I feel they are of good quality) and an RCA digital optical(Ok, I guess). Could it be the optical cable? Or the Denon's DAC's are just superior? I'd really like to have better sound through the Onkyo(digitally) since it has better speaker and bass management and the Denon is limited and has a 100hz crossover, instead of the 80hz on the Onkyo with the speakers set to small. Any thoughts on the matter? Thanks.