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To use a DAC with X-fi digital out to receiver ?

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Hey guys,

I'm trying to do some research on on digital to analog converters and I wanted to know if I would benefit if I were to get one.

I have a Xfi Xtreme Music pci xpress soundcard hooked up with toslink to my Yamaha RX-V3800 receiver which is ran in "pure direct" mode in PCM.


I have an extensive amount of 24 bit/ 96khz tracks that I listen to.


Reciever- Yamaha RX-V3800
CD- Denon DN-4000
Speakers- Axiom M80
Wiring- Monster 10awg ofc/ Monster toslink
Power - Juice Goose Power 200
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Hey guys,

I'm trying to do some research on on digital to analog converters and I wanted to know if I would benefit if I were to get one.

I have a Xfi Xtreme Music pci xpress soundcard hooked up with toslink to my Yamaha RX-V3800 receiver which is ran in "pure direct" mode in PCM.


I have an extensive amount of 24 bit/ 96khz tracks that I listen to.


Reciever- Yamaha RX-V3800
CD- Denon DN-4000
Speakers- Axiom M80
Wiring- Monster 10awg ofc/ Monster toslink
Power - Juice Goose Power 200

In general good DACs sound the same. Both your sound card and your AVR should qualify.

The main audio DAC in the Yamaha RX-V3800 appears to be a Burr-Brown (TI) PCM 1781 which is a 106 dB dynamic range 0.002% THD part.

I find this RMAA tech test result report which suggests that the Xfi is not so much:

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/sound_blaster_x_fi_xtreme_audio_pcie,10.html

You did well SQ-wise by using the DAC in the AVR and bypassing the DAC in the gaming card.
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