Originally Posted by ACappo
Hmm in confused, are you saying the dac is sh.. and will not improve in any setup, if so why? Or are you saying all dacs are the same?
This has already been said, but I’ll add my own 2 cents' worth. It's not that that they are all the same, it's that the differences between them are way beyond the threshold of human audibility. Once their specification exceeds our ability to hear differences between them, there is no purpose in going 'better'. These days, DACs are 'commodity items' that cost a few dollars. Even those that cost a few dollars and which are routinely found in even less expensive AVRs, BD players etc will have a flat response from 15Hz to 40,000Hz and a dynamic range of 100dB or more. Given that these parameters are beyond what we can hear when listening for differences, they will all, to all intents and purposes, sound identical to each other. Indeed, in blind listening tests, this has been proven time and again.
So the bottom line is that the DAC you already have is as good as the one you might be thinking of buying. DACs and their alleged differences have become a new 'audiophile' holy grail it seems. Those who purport to hear the differences between HDMI cables are the same people who purport to hear differences between DACs. But if they ever get involved in a properly conducted ABX test, they can suddenly no longer identify DAC A from DAC B.
My advice would be to spend your money in areas where there is a genuinely audible difference - mainly speakers and subs, not forgetting the most important component in the system: the room. A surprisingly small investment in acoustic room treatments will being huge audible benefits - real, not imaginary.