Best connection from DVD to receiver for 2-channel?

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  1. Christian B

    Christian B Agent

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    I read before that it's better to use whichever component has better DACs to handle the conversion. If the DVD player does, use an analog to the receiver. If the receiver does, go optical. I'm looking at this setup:

    Harman Kardon AVR 230 (acting as a pre/pro)
    Harman Kardon DVD101 OR the new Harman Kardon DVD 22/31
    Marantz MM9000 (5x150 amp for Polk LSis)

    Going to run an optical to the receiver for movies and was wondering if this would be the way to go for listening to music as well? The new 230 has the same Cirrus DAC that last year's 7200 does, which is the Cirrus CS49326. If I were to use my 4 year old Panasonic non-progressive scan DVD player for a few months before I upgraded, would I still want to listen to music through the optical or the analog?

    THANKS!
     
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    Even with a Pioneer DV-440 that I have kicking around here which has Burr-Brown DACs, the sound using the digital output sounds fuller and better defined than using the analog outs with my H/K 225. YMMV; only experimentation can tell.
     

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