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digital or analog out?

Greetings stereophiles!
Just out of curiosity: what are you using for your cd to preamp/receiver connection: Digital coax or analog cables? How does it matter to you?

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Re: digital or analog out?

Unless your pre-amp/processor or receiver has the ability to accept a digital (coax or Toslink optical) connection, analog would be the only answer.

Another factor would be the quality of your cd players onboard DAC versus your pre/pro or receiver. Or perhaps to throw in a 3rd option- a separate outboard DAC.

What components are you dealing with?

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Re: digital or analog out?

My mistake for making assumptions. You mean digital input, correct?

What receiver do you have? What CD player do you have?

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Re: digital or analog out?

By careful listening and comparison. Trust your ears. I evaluate components using a combination of
A-B comparison, using reference recordings (music that is well recorded which I know very well) for critical evaluation along with semi-critical to casual listening over a period of time.

High quality DACs will have a subtle audible impact. But the DAC in your CD player may well be "better". Again, what is the hardware in question?

I have a NAD C542 as my transport (a decent player in the ~ $500 range) and a Musical Fidelity X-DACV3 (a 24bit, 192K upsampling DAC that is well regarded).

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