Originally Posted by /Ben;12629938
Nice, I never knew stereo was analog. I guess I'll get some high quality RCA cables then. I mean, converting = lag. Minimum, but lag.
Anyway, I've just ordered the Harman Kardon HK 3490. It has great design, and good sound. And I can get it for quite cheap.
Yeah, lag will probably be negligible in most if not all applications.
A true analog system would be something like: record player - rca - tube amp- speaker wire - speakers (btw, probably the cleanest and best SQ I have ever heard)
With modern set-ups, it is pretty hard to get around losing some sound originality. eg: computer - rca - receiver - speaker wire - speakers. Right there you have the media player settings, OS settings, soundcard/onboard (software settings and hardware) and receiver settings that could all potentially alter the sound (if not specifically set up to allow direct-pass-through). Not that any of this is bad though as some people have found some quite unique mix and mash of settings to get the precise sound they like. It is just to point out how many factors can come into play.
I have not tried many high end sound cards, but I prefer to use all direct sound pass through with only the receiver EQ to tweak the sound when it comes to stereo usage.
As for your receiver, since you are sticking with it for 2 channel use, your ears (and probably your speakers) will be happy with the choice since you have more power on tap for those 2 channels and would not have to crank it as much to get the same volume from the other amp.
* Note: Most sound changes with the additional sound devices tend to be quite negligible as well, I just felt like stating them for audiophile and information purposes.