|Originally posted by sonusfaber
For those of you that are running your 999's audio through a receiver/amplifier, are you using the 999's DACs and outputting an analog signal for audio (not multichannel SACD)? Or are you using the digital out and letting your receiver's DACs do the processing?
Hi Sonusfaber. (and everyone else). I have been out of town and just tonight catching up on my favorite thread. Lots of great discussions and I am happy to see new and knowledgeble folks joining the fray.
I have spent a fair amount of time evaluating the analog outs for music (999ES decoding CD and movies) vs. letting my Sony DA555ES AV receiver do the work.
I expected, as my receiver was old (I think about 2 years) and less expensive than the 999ES, the 999 would sound superior. It does.
I find music-wise on CD the soundstaging is wonderful and the detail is fantastic. I also find the bass tighter. For SACD's, it is pretty fantastic. I have not listened to any other SACD players on my system, but I still cannot get over how much SACD is a great step up over CD.
For movies, I find the sound quality also much better. I hear a better sound field for movies, better sound from the rears (though not distracting), and better bass.
If your receiver allows easy toggle between 5.1 input and digital, you can AB compare very easily.
I would guess, if you have a newer and more expensive receiver/controller, you may find it will decode better than the 999ES, but in my case my receiver is becoming the weakest link. I think everyone will have to make their own evaluation based on their own receiver/controller as they all very (alot) in sonic quality.