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So, I wasn't entirely sure where to ask, but I figured since it's more so audio product related, I'll ask here.

I currently have a Dell Ultrasharp U2711 as my main display. And my amplifier is a Yamaha R-S500.
I run a Displayport line to my monitor for 2,560 x 1,440 and run analog-out from my soundcard on my PC to my amplifier. The amplifier does not have digital decode/HDMI in.

I'm planning on getting an Xbox One. And, that's all well and good, but one issue: The Xbox One does not have any analog audio out-lines. Just audio through HDMI, or optical. Now, I'm trying to decide, which of these two options is the best route to go:

1. Get a new amplifier/receiver. I used to have a Denon receiver (AVR-1312), and it was pretty good. Good sound quality, better control on bass over-all than my current receiver. I didn't notice any input lag while using it. It was cheap, and really "just worked." I could just get a newer Denon AVR (E-200) and use it with HDMI from my Xbox One, to feed through to the monitor and play out audio.

OR...

2. Get an external optical audio DAC. Namely, something along the lines of the Audioengine D1. Something small, effective, with a good headphone line for if I want to use my headset. As far as I can tell, it might be over-all less total system "input lag", as the video would go directly to the monitor. And the audio would go somewhere else. Not to the same decoder where it does the work all at once. This would also be good, because (if I can find a cable since the U2711 can not handle 1,920x1,080+ resolutions on HDMI) I could possibly display the Xbox One in 2,560 x 1,440. Though I won't consider this too much, because as far as we know, the console is native 1080p and doesn't game in resolutions higher.

So, which do you guys think I should go with? A simple external DAC for optical, and video straight to the monitor (welcome to DAC suggestions also. Looking for something that won't make it sound terrible, volume control knob is optional, and headphone line is optional, just something good and without introducing input lag)... Or just replace my amplifier?
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Your U2711 has audio out. I never used it, but what else can it be than the audio from the HDMI signal? If it's the HDMI audio signal, you could pull that to your receiver.
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Your U2711 has audio out. I never used it, but what else can it be than the audio from the HDMI signal? If it's the HDMI audio signal, you could pull that to your receiver.
I originally looked into this: It's not audio from HDMI, believe it or not.
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