Originally Posted by Kevin. W
If your hooking the player to TV via HDMI 1 for a direct connection for optimum audio, is it better to connect to a prepro(in this case a Yamaha CX-A5000) via HDMI 2 or should I go Analog. Seeing that both units use the ESS Sabre32 DAC's.
Well, the main purpose of the 105D model over the 103D model is the better DAC for high quality analog output.
If you are not going to use the analog output, you'd save a bit of coin by going with the 103D model instead.
For the digital audio and video output, they are identical.
Having said that, if you already own the 105D, then you just have to make a choice as to which one might be better.
One factor to consider is base management and EQ. If the pre/pro has good management on the analog input,
you might be ok there, but more than likely it's best configuration will be with digital audio before the DAC,
and if that is the case then it would be better to send HDMI audio to the pre/pro.
Also, just because they both use the same DAC chip doesn't mean they will sound the same.
A lot of it has to do with the software engineering and hardware path to get the best out of that chip.
There are plenty of differing write-ups on products across the net using that same chip,
and some of them sound better than others according to said reviews.
Oppo is known for having one of the better implementations, but I'm not sure about the Yamaha.
You might want to find any in depth reviews of the A5000 to see what is said about that.
Of course in the end, what matters is how good it sounds to your own ears in any given setup,
so usually the best advice is to say try the connections in different ways and see what sounds best to you.