Originally Posted by Aja1
This was kind of what I expected, thanks Killian (and for the other info). I do want to upgrade the digital side of my system, but need to wait until some construction is done. Question about RC: do those settings apply for 2CH or analog sources?
You're welcome. RC works in digital domain: my general understanding is some AVRs only apply RC to digital inputs, some will have the option to digitize analogue inputs (2CH and MCH) for digital processing, some always digitize analogue inputs. Of course 2CH digital inputs (SPDIF or HDMI from a CD player for ex.) will be processed just like MCH via HDMI.
I upgraded from a non-HDMI NAD AVR to an Arcam AVR600 a few months ago and just now I'm trying out a Denon 3312 and Onkyo 818 as a processor using the Arcam as power amp essentially, just to find out how different configurations works, esp. Audyssey which Arcam doesn't have.
I can say even with Arcam's rudimentary RC going digital for MCH music (SACD) and movies is an improvement. I'm surprised that 2CH (CD) is also improved and now generally I prefer this over the traditional RCA analogue route, but the difference isn't night and day, as I'm using an Arcam DV139 universal player with Wolfson DACs for SACD. I put it down to mainly two things: 1. I can use the sub and the AVR generally does bass management better and 2. RC. The Arcam AVR doesn't use Wolfson DAC but a lesser CS DAC. So there are different factors involved which means YMMV on your system.