Originally Posted by zagortenej
What would be the advantage of sending stereo audio signal through 2-ch analog outputs as opposed to sending it through HDMI, especially with SACD. I have a receiver that handles DSD signal so I'd imagine that sending DSD via HDMI without any conversion to the receiver would be the best way to do it. Am I wrong here?
Everything gets converted one way or another. It comes down to which hardware is better... DACs in the processor, or DACs in the player, plus any molestation along the way... even lower quality cable jacks and wiring within can make a difference.
Then after all that, are your speakers good enough to produce the intricate sounds that have been resolved...
Many these days believe the easiest way to get very high quality, is by keeping it in the digital domain as long as possible.
This is what players like the BDP-80 cater to.
Using your case as an example, sending DSD via HDMI to your compatible processor is a great solution for both the BDP-80 and the quality sound for the user.
On the flip side, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and others believe it can be just as good or better to get those digital signals converted to analog asap so that a high quality analog setup can work it's magic.
With a player like the BDP-83, DSD can be output over analog, and with the better DACs via the 2CH dedicated analog output, it's possible to achieve a higher quality of fidelity.
Moving up the the BDP-83SE, the DACs get even better. With the ultimate in sound reproduction, sending the audio directly out of the SE and directly into a power amp feeding some high quality full range speakers can undoubtedly be described as... sonic perfection.