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Anyone out there using a home theater receiver as a DAC? I'm looking to purchase an Amp/DAC combo to run a 2.1 and eventually 4.1 setup with center channel and sub, but the amp/DAC combo's I was looking at didn't support it eg. Topping VX1, Audioengine D1.

Just wondering who's done it and how the quality is compared to a standalone DAC?
post #2 of 34
As I understand it, a number of people on here have done it with good results. I haven't tried it personally, but I think the standard approach is to take the SPDIF out from the onboard audio into the receiver. Being a straight digital source, that bypasses the onboard processing.

It's probably a better solution as long as you don't already have a quality sound card, as the receiver does double duty as amp and DAC.

The quality of results would depend on the equipment you buy.
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As I understand it, a number of people on here have done it with good results. I haven't tried it personally, but I think the standard approach is to take the SPDIF out from the onboard audio into the receiver. Being a straight digital source, that bypasses the onboard processing.

It's probably a better solution as long as you don't already have a quality sound card, as the receiver does double duty as amp and DAC.

The quality of results would depend on the equipment you buy.

I see. I just sold my Asus Xense sound card because I was looking for something better.

I was going to get a Topping VX1, which is a Amp/DAC combo, but only supports 2 channels. I couldn't imagine if a HT receiver could be worse.

I have a budget around $150 for a used item, so about $200-$250 new. I am curious what others have tried and recommend.
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I've been using an Onkyo HT-R390 for a few years now in this way. Optical audio straight to the receiver, sounds great especially when paired with lossless. It might not be audiophile grade, but it does the job for me and also allows me to integrate my computer with the full home theater setup including cable, Netflix and my Xbox 360 that still gets love from time to time thumb.gif
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I've been using an Onkyo HT-R390 for a few years now in this way. Optical audio straight to the receiver, sounds great especially when paired with lossless. It might not be audiophile grade, but it does the job for me and also allows me to integrate my computer with the full home theater setup including cable, Netflix and my Xbox 360 that still gets love from time to time thumb.gif

Can't seem to find a single one of those for sale anywhere! I definitely can't afford audiophile grade anyways. I'm just looking for something to run a 3.1 or 4.1 setup for my computer. Nothing complicated. Something simple and to the point and under $200 used.
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I got mine through one of those home theater in a box deals, I'd imagine they stopped selling this particular set. Looks like they have one that seems pretty close to what I have, if not more modernized: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1CZ0UJ1492
Otherwise, I hear good things about Onkyo, so I would imagine their used products are fine as well.
post #7 of 34
Take a look @ Accessories 4 Less you can get a receiver within your budget
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/avreceiver/home-audio/home-theater-receivers/1.html
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post #8 of 34
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Take a look @ Accessories 4 Less you can get a receiver within your budget
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/avreceiver/home-audio/home-theater-receivers/1.html

Looks like I can't win. All of those receivers look amazing, but they are exclusive to the U.S. only and won't ship to Canada. frown.gif

Most of those receivers use Burr Brown DACS. How are they?


UPDATE - I have the ability to pick up a Denon E200 Receiver for $80 in mint condition. Any objections to that? The DAC is ok?
Edited by BabylonDown - 3/14/14 at 11:30am
post #9 of 34
Dunno too much about the Denon, but you can read this review http://www.audioholics.com/av-receiver-reviews/denon-e200-e300-e400-pre
also check out AVS forum for more info if you want
There is a company online which allows you to set up a US mailbox and they ship your items to you for a small fee, I just can't remember their name right now
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http://www.mailnetwork.com/
http://www.myus.com/
http://www.shipito.com/
http://www.hopshopgo.com/hopshopgo/start-register.do?l=en&c=US

Disclaimer I Have not used any of these services
Burr brown makes some good DACS
Edited by diggiddi - 3/14/14 at 12:06pm
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post #10 of 34
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Does anyone know if you can hook up an Amp/DAC like the Topping TP30 or VX1 to a powered subwoofer?
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