Originally Posted by Cla55clown
So let me get this straight. If I connect a higher-end CD player like an Oppo, or a turntable, via the analogue outs, then the N803 will still be altering the signal by doing an A-D-A conversion? Is this the compromise we must make to take advantage of YPAO room correction with this unit.
I'm afraid so, just like an AVR in that respect. So if your are using an oppo and playing CDs, I'd suggest using optical connections and send the data digitally, at least avoid the oppo doing d/a and then the yamaha doing a/d, processing then doing d/a. If you are playing sacds that won't work, you'll need to send analog. But everything else would benefit from sending via optical (or coax) and eliminate 2 conversions along the way, with just one final d/a in the yamaha. Of course you can't do that with vinyl. If you use optical or coax from a oppo, then buy the 03 unit (103 or 203) and not the 05 units.
What I wish yamaha had done is put some hdmi connections in this unit. Many people use blu ray universal players for sources for CD, SACD, high rez downloads and movies with 2 channel rigs. Not everyone, myself included has the desire for surround sound, we just want quality sound. Arcam actually makes a stereo AVR, with hdmi inputs and outputs and uses dirac room correction, however, it's about 3500 bucks as I recall. I was searching for just a type unit for a while and found the arcam and lyngdorf. Both are 2 channel, hdmi inputs and have room correction. The lyngdorf would have been 4399 with hdmi module. I decided to just go with a Anthem MRX-520, a high end avr with great sonic quality, room correction and it's only 5.1 so I"m not wasting on a lot of channels I'm not using, and I saved a butt load of money on not buying an arcam and lyngdorf. (Anthem was 1399). The yamaha had not come out yet when I was shopping and I might have gone with that and saved even more. I don't do vinyl, so the d/a thing is not a big concern to me and I'm not sure you'd notice the extra a/d and d/a anyway. You may get more sonic benefit from the room correction than degradation from the conversions.
Mr Zilch is right most vinyl today has spent some time in the digital domain somewhere, unless you have a bunch or records manufactured in the 70s. Even the Beatles 2009 remaster on vinyl was originally sourced from 44/16 masters, (I don't know why when they had a 192/24 master). They have since corrected that blunder and sourced a vinyl set from the original tape, avoiding the digital domain altogether.