Originally Posted by Displaced Husker
Last week I purchased a Denon X3000 with Golden Ear Triton 3'speakers. Watching movies is spectacular, however I am less than impressed with digital music. Running my ALAC files through iTunes either on the Denon or on Apple TV is not good, Pandora free edition is a bit better and a CD through my BluRay is better but not what I was expecting. Any ideas?
The problem is not the speakers or the receiver, but your audio source and transmission to the Denon. Discussing this is outside the scope of this thread, so I'll just mention my setup for digitial audio, which is phenomenal with the Triton 2's.
MacBook playing FLAC or streaming MOG or Apple lossless to iFi USBPower (via USB) to Musical Fidelity V-Link (via USB) to Anthem MRX300 (via optical). The V-Link is an asynchronous USB to S/PDIF converter, essential to clean up and convert the USB signal to the receiver. Since the V-Link is USB-powered, the iFi is needed to clean up the noisy laptop supply and it makes a HUGE difference. I let the Anthem do the D/A, and it seems to do fine. There are lot's of options out there with components that integrate all the above. The main things to consider are hardwired USB (as opposed to Airplay or similar), asynchronous
USB converter, clean USB power.
Once you have a good setup for your digital files, it will blow pandora and CDs on basic universal blu-ray players away.
There are other forums out there that focus just on computer audio, you can get more and better info there.