I am finally delving into the Home Theatre market, and deciding to go with separates.
This processor is the only thing within my budget to catch my eye from all angles, and after reading the write up on page 3 my mind is set. I plan on outputting through the unbalanced pre-outs to a Carver AV705X THX powered amp for now until I can pony up the cash for a better powered amp with XLR inputs and way better speakers.
My question is this, to all current/past 885 owners:
I have two seperate A/V systems that I use for digital playback, an HTPC for watching TV/Movies and a stand alone music server (custom built). Both machines make use of the XBMC software for playback.
The HTPC is fairly standard as such I have no questions there. With my music server however, I output from the motherboard's on-board SP/DIF output via WASAPI to a Fiio D3 DAC and into a 2 channel analogue amp (presently).
If I made the move to this processor, would it be possible to still output the video via HDMI to my TV and use an analogue input for the 2 channel audio? Or is the built in DAC in this processor good enough to trump the Fiio (which is very neutral) and output the audio along with the video signal via HDMI?
As for the music I listen to, it's mostly 60-80's classic rock, 70-90's hard rock and metal, 80's new wave, 60-90's punk, newer alternative and electronic (House, dub-step, DnB).
Current main speakers are a pair of PSB Alpha B's.
Thanks in advance!