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Hi guys,

I have a WDTV Live and I'm backing up all my CD's to FLAC using EAC, and I have a whole bunch of 88.2/24 and 96/24 purchased FLAC files as well, and I'm wondering what would be the best way to set this up.

I have a Denon AVR-1705 that is a couple years old which supports 96/24, and I have a couple of older shelf speakers. I'm wondering what would be the best way to enjoy my 96/24.

Should I go out and buy a DAC, or would hooking up my WDTV Live to the Denon, and maybe upgrading to some better speakers, be the best way?

How could I set this up to work with my computer? For the record, my computer's sound card supports up to 192/24.

Thank you.
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I'm sure your existing gear is fine. There's no advantage to high sample rates or bit depths; regular CD quality 44/16 is fine. So you should focus on what degrades sound the most, which is loudspeakers and the room itself.

--Ethan
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Hi guys,

I have a WDTV Live and I'm backing up all my CD's to FLAC using EAC, and I have a whole bunch of 88.2/24 and 96/24 purchased FLAC files as well, and I'm wondering what would be the best way to set this up.

I have a Denon AVR-1705 that is a couple years old which supports 96/24, and I have a couple of older shelf speakers. I'm wondering what would be the best way to enjoy my 96/24.

Should I go out and buy a DAC, or would hooking up my WDTV Live to the Denon, and maybe upgrading to some better speakers, be the best way?

http://www.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

"24/192 Music Downloads ...and why they make no sense."
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Originally Posted by hogger129 View Post

Hi guys,

I have a WDTV Live and I'm backing up all my CD's to FLAC using EAC, and I have a whole bunch of 88.2/24 and 96/24 purchased FLAC files as well, and I'm wondering what would be the best way to set this up.

I have a Denon AVR-1705 that is a couple years old which supports 96/24, and I have a couple of older shelf speakers. I'm wondering what would be the best way to enjoy my 96/24.

Should I go out and buy a DAC, or would hooking up my WDTV Live to the Denon, and maybe upgrading to some better speakers, be the best way?

How could I set this up to work with my computer? For the record, my computer's sound card supports up to 192/24.

Thank you.

Upgrading speakers is never a bad idea. If you are comfortable using the computer as the source, then run digital audio out of the computer into the Denon (probably via optical). If not, then use the WDTV (assuming it supports the files you are looking to play back) and hook it up to the Denon as well--which I assume you are already doing?

B.
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