Stereo Receivers/No digital in?

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  1. Jonathan Larson

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    Hey guys,

    I was wondering why stereo receivers these days don't have a digital in option? Is there a big difference between digital and analog when it comes to listening to music off of a CD?

    Thanks
     
  2. jeff peterson

    jeff peterson Supporting Actor

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    When you listen to music from a CD, you're ALWAYS listening in analog. The difference you're talking about is where the conversion from digital to analog takes place. The hardware/software that does this conversion is called a DAC (digital analog converter).

    If you use the analog outputs from a CDP (CD player), the DAC in the player did the conversion. If you use the digital output from the CDP, the receiver will be doing the conversion. Usually, it's a matter of comparing the sound of the two and going with whichever you like better. As Duke Ellington used to say “If it sounds good ..., then it IS good!”
     
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    LIke Jeff said, it's to save $$$ by not having to add in the DACs into the receiver. There's really no need to have a digital input anyways since your Stereo Receiver can't do multichannel, and most CD players will have decent DACs in them. If you decide you need more, you can always buy a standalone DAC, use digital to connect your CDP to it, and then analog from it to the receiver.
     
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    There no reason at all to have digital ins on a stereo reciever.
     
  5. John Garcia

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    I'm sure the thinking is, if you want multi-channel, you will buy an AVR with digital inputs (and/or M/C analog inputs) and power for multiple speakers, not a stereo receiver.
     
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