I started a thread about different DACs a while ago and though the posts were interesting and informative, I've re-read it and not found an answer to the question posted in the subject heading. I'll restate it in proper English here: Is using the digital connection from a player (CD or DVD) to the receiver the same as using the analogue input from that player to the receiver and then applying A/D/A to that input? I'm not interested in which is better, as I'll decide for myself. But if it is indeed the same, as I intend to use my receiver to allow the sub to be active in two-channel playback, then I would consider a CD player solely on its merits as a transport. If they are not the same, then I would consider a player based on its sonic characteristics after some serious auditioning.