I own a Harman Kardon AVR 8000 THX. The best HK receiver until about 2005 when it was discontinued. I love it and do not plan on replacing it for a while.
I own a PS3 and watch all of my blu-rays on there via. optical audio. I want to experience the new lossless formats so the only way I can do that is with multi-channel analog outputs.
But that gave way to another thought: would I be better off still using the 5.1 DD and DTS via PS3 and utilizing the great DACs in my receiver, versus a Blu-Ray players DAC but outputting the lossless formats?
I am mainly looking at used gear. I can't justify paying retail. So I am looking at $200 and under. So the Sony BDP-S550 and Panasonic dmp bd85 are the front runners. But I also haven't been looking for that long either. Any input you could give me would be great thanks!
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Both players he's considering decode Dolby TrueHD/DTS HD and send the result out as analog over the 7.1 analog outputs. Either one would work fine with his legacy HK receiver, although they're a bit long in the tooth by technology standards.
The DAC would only be used if he was sending it a digital signal, hence Digital to Analog Converter. If he is sending it an analog track, the only way the DAC would be used is if the signal was first re-digitized for doing room correction or bass management, but very few receivers can do that on a multichannel analog input, so it's very unlikely to be the case.
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