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I recently bought a B&K AVR 305 receiver to be used with my new home theater system. The system is used for both music and movies. All my media comes from either a PC or a laptop,and I currently have the PC connected to the receiver via optical cable.

Somewhere in the process of getting my music to speakers a DAC has to be used,correct? Even though the B&K is a very good receiver for its time, is the DAC better than what I would find on newer stand-alone USB DACs for under 300 dollars?
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For clarification, I have narrowed the DAC i want to get down to the ODAC, which is said to be a better DAC than the music streamer II. Any idea how this compares to my old B&K receiver's DAC?
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DAC is digital analog converter. Yes, when you have digital signals and need to convert them to analog for amplification, you are using the DAC to do so.

Modern stand alone DACs will handle 196khz sampling rates - something the B&K cannot.

More and more of us are going receiverless. Htpc + quality audio card directly to amps. It's an ideal way to go if you don't need a preamp.
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I recently bought a B&K AVR 305 receiver to be used with my new home theater system. The system is used for both music and movies. All my media comes from either a PC or a laptop,and I currently have the PC connected to the receiver via optical cable.
Somewhere in the process of getting my music to speakers a DAC has to be used,correct? Even though the B&K is a very good receiver for its time, is the DAC better than what I would find on newer stand-alone USB DACs for under 300 dollars?
No it is not worth it.
If you are like any of the people in the blind tests of ADCs/DACs, you will not hear a difference.
Any money you want to spend, put into speakers, room acoustics, and DSP.
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No it is not worth it.
If you are like any of the people in the blind tests of ADCs/DACs, you will not hear a difference.
Any money you want to spend, put into speakers, room acoustics, and DSP.

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