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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 04:43 PM - Thread Starter
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Does the quality of the receiver going to matter if I use a DAC with HTPC while playing music and blu-ray through it? I'm not to well versed in home audio but since I'm using a DAC I going to be by passing the digital processing of the receiver, correct?

Would it be worth it to get a Marantz NR1601 over an ONKYO TX-NR609 in this setup or should I not even use a DAC?

The speakers will most likely be the polk monitor series from newegg and going with the NuForce uDAC-2.


If you have any other recommendations on different receivers I should look at, I'm all ears.


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I wouldnt bother with a DAC unless your going to be using a power amp instead of a receiver to power the speakers. Theres no real benifit of doing it that way unless you need massive indepent amps to push a 150+Watts RMS per channel. Try and find a nice high current receiver such as the one you mentioned or a Harman/Kardon AVR 2600 or better. I dunno if you need 5.1+ surround sound, but those are great receivers.

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If you use a DAC, it will only be good for 2 channel audio signals. If you have a movie file that has a DTS or any surround sound audio track, you will hear ungodly static from your DAC because it cannot process the signal.

Essentially, don't go with a DAC unless you only want to listen to 2 channel music. I assume your HTPC will be for movies, so you must use a receiver that will be able to decode the DTS, Neo6, Dolby Digital, or any of the other surround sound audio encoding.

Some receivers will have an Analog In where you can use the DAC for its intended function of processing 2 channel audio. But, you would want to set this up as a secondary audio option for when you are listening to 2 channel music. In my opinion, the nuForce uDAC 2 is a good DAC, but it's not worth the trouble to hook it all up and buy extra interconnect cables to bypass the receiver's DAC. I would keep the uDAC as a headphone amp and DAC at your PC and go strictly with the receiver.



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i wouldnt bother with a dac unless your going to be using a power amp instead of a receiver to power the speakers. Theres no real benifit of doing it that way unless you need massive indepent amps to push a 150+watts rms per channel. Try and find a nice high current receiver such as the one you mentioned or a harman/kardon avr 2600 or better. I dunno if you need 5.1+ surround sound, but those are great receivers.

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Would it be worth it to get a Marantz NR1601 over an ONKYO TX-NR609 in this setup or should I not even use a DAC?

Marantz NR1601 is a receiver, just like the Onkyo...
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I use a DAC with HTPC while playing music and blu-ray through it

A enthusiast product like a "DAC" doesn't have the processing to handle HD audio.
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Does the quality of the receiver going to matter if I use a DAC

Your receiver probably has better digital-to-analog converter circuitry than your "DAC." Those little enthusiast products are 99% profit and the electronics they use is entry-level at best.

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