Death of the 5-6 channel output player?

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  1. RichardMA

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    Is this concept (analog outputs for SADC or DVD-A sound)
    dead already, owing to Pioneer's firewire introduction?
    If so, the analog output player/analog input receiver
    would be the shortest lived electronic devices I can
    remember. I understand that the sound for the digital
    devices will be better so I don't mourn the loss of the
    analog units, anymore than I mourned the loss of Pro-Logic
    to DD.
     
  2. Jason Wilcox

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    it'll still be here for a while for low end stuff. its no nuon.
     
  3. Evan S

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    First off, what if you don't want to buy a Pioneer?

    Second, what if the DAC's in your SACD player are better than those in the Pioneer? (Then the digital transfer wouldn't necessarily produce better sound, now would it?)

    People have been able to transport a Redbook CD digitally for years now, but not all of us do.

    To each his own. Dead? Hardly.
     
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    I have to agree with Evan. I can't imagine feeding digital from my CD player. My analog CD players' outputs, fed through my analog preamp are superior to any external dac I've ever heard, and I don't have to be concerned about jitter.

    But that's two channel. The problem of time alignment and bass management becomes an issue with multi-channel.
    So, unless the multi-channel player has these features, I would vote for a digital connection.

    brucek
     
  5. Jim_C

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    What about the fairly large number of people that really want to have analog pass-through for their music? I don't think that the manufacturers will ignore that.

    It's probably too much to ask but wouldn't it be nice to have inputs/outputs for 2 channel analog, multi-channel analog w/ bass management, and fire wire? With what you pay for something like a Denon 5803 it would seem reasonable to expect this. Over time it would trickle down to lower models. Lord knows manufacturers don't have a problem filling the back panel with inputs/outputs.
     
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    The original DVD players had a really short lifespan. DD but no DTS passthrough. I had one. [​IMG]
     
  7. Han

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    Pioneer Elite's implementation may be firewire, and the discussed standard, at least for DVD-A, is supposed to be firewire, but is Pioneer's implementation compatible with the standard. Whenever that'll come out? I mean, Meridian's got their thing, Denon's got their thing, and now Pioneer, but none of them have a final standard to go by, so I don't think a death of analog outs will happen anytime soon if ever.
     
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    BruceK:

     
  9. Larry B

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    Many of us eagerly await the day when we can use the DAC of our own choosing for SACD and/or DVD-A.
     

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