Originally Posted by emcdade
. . . the measurements suggest these AVR’s are on the bottom of the totem pole of performance
. . . um, when one ridiculously compares them against DACs
, as that reviewer with an agenda did, rather than fairly against other
AVRs, stereo receivers, or comparably priced separates:
"Yuck. Look at all those harmonic and spurious tones in the FFT. They naturally limit the THD+N and hence SINAD to really poor score of 74 dB. This places the VSX-LX303 pretty close to the bottom of the pile of DACs tested"
Huh? I'm curious how many of those better DACs power 9 speakers and cost $369?
Plus as I mentioned he's too incompetent to even understand what he was really measuring was the zone preamp output
, often a simple, cheap circuit compared to the unit's main preamp. [And even on units with main
preamp outs you can't properly say you are "testing the DAC": preamp circuits, especially in affordable gear, are not "100% innocuous". If you pass through them there is noise and distortion added to the signal. ]