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When you use analog out from your sound card you are using the DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) in the sound card - when you use the optical/Coax (same signal either way) out from the sound card you let the 609 DAC do the conversion to analog. All digital signals must be converted at some point to be usable to the AVR.
Make sure you aren't getting 'crisper' mixed up with 'louder'. Common mistake for the non-trained ear.
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