4 or 8 DACs Downmixed to 2Ch Analog Output on Today's High-End BD Players?
Considering that Blu-ray movies, DVD-AUDIO, and SACDs are for the most part recorded as multi-channel sources, why are manufacturers such as Denon, Marantz, Pioneer, and Yamaha putting so much into 2ch analog output by downmixing audio coming from 4 stereo DACs or 8 monaural DACs on their more expensive players? To me, this doesn't make sense. Wouldn't it make more sense to either (1) use a stereo DAC and let the processor downmix everything from the disc to the 2ch output, (2) use a single multi-channel DAC and have everything downmixed to the 2Ch output, or (3) considering all the work involved with 4 stereo DACs or 8 monaural DACs, use corresponding respective multi-channel analog output? I just hate wasting resources, especially if today's midpriced to high-end audio/video receivers are now using superior DACs starting with the Sabre ESS9006 Premier series DAC.
Last edited by Big C; 02-25-2015 at 10:33 AM.