Originally Posted by orangeblast
Thanks for the explanation. It sounds like the 93 is more proper for my setup. I can see how the 95 is positioned to supply better audio then what the AVR can do, but that depends on the AVR. If you have a higher-end AVR with similar DACs and processing as the 95, then go with the 93 and save your money, let your beefy high-end AVR do the work, it's what you paid for, right?
If you don't have a beefy AVR then you can allow the 95 to do the work without having to update your AVR.
Am I right or wrong about this?
That's basically the idea. But the AVR probably provides a lot of "value added" features for digital audio as well including bass management, distance correction, and surround modes (e.g., raise 2-channel input to 7.1 speakers output). Each user has to decide how important access to those features are to him.
Now folks who are heavily into analog want the audio off the disc (which is digital) converted to analog at the highest possible quality as early as possible in the signal path. And then they want that LEFT as analog all the way through the speakers. The see all those "features" in the AVR as just one more thing getting in the way of hearing the original audio. And they don't trust digital audio cable connections to do their job without screwing up the audio.
So their answer would be get the 95, use analog to your AVR -- which you will use as a pre-amp ONLY -- no Audyssey or any other processing -- just volume controlled analog pass through to the speakers. All that other stuff like speaker distance adjustment or room correction would be handled other ways -- for example by installing acoustic treatments into your room.
You can't easily dismiss either approach. For many folks the convenience of what an AVR can do, particularly an AVR with quality room correction, outweighs the purity factor. For others, that's just not so.
If you believe you are going to use analog from the player, even just for comparison experiments, then you ought to consider the 95, for the extra dollars of course. If you believe analog from the player is very much down on your list then get the 93.