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new to DAC from iMac

i'm new to this stuff, i thought what i was doing was the best thing.

Right now i use a toslink cable from my imac to my yamaha reciever, how much of a difference will i hear if i use an USB DAC? 

let me know

 

thanks

Eric

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no one wants to help?

no one has a response to this?

i would really like some help

 

thanks

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The audible difference between USB and Toslink, if they are inputting to the same place, will range from small to nothing.

But if you mean that you will use a new DAC, via USB, and then the DAC's analog output goes to the Yamaha receiver, and assuming that DAC is better than the one built-in to the Yamaha, then it will sound better.

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So the yamaha is htr 5740, and I was looking at a DAC, costing in the $200 range, Im I better just keeping with what I have, by the way the speakers are Polk audio ls50s, let me know, also most of my music is apple lossless or at the least 320

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I don't know those particular products.  An ugly shortcut would be to ask how much the Yamaha costs.  The DAC inside there will be a small fraction of the receiver cost  Maybe one-tenth at most.  If your proposed DAC is $200 then I bet it's way better than the yamaha htr.

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BillB's answers are good.

It's hard to say if you will hear an improvement by adding an external DAC.  Especially without knowledge or experience with the exact components in question. 

 

I suspect that at the level you are talking about, you may not hear much of a difference.  Like BillB kind of said though, without knowing how poor the DAC in your receiver might be, or how good the DAC you would end up getting, it's really a guess as to whether it will make a noticeable difference. It's not that cut and dried unless you could have a listen.

 

Congratulations for using a lossless music format!
 

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thanks again

yeah it's not a real high-end reciever and it's from 2004, but i only paid $40 for it.

the manual says "The HTR-5740 uses extremely high performance 192kHz/24-bit DAC"

so, since i'm new to this stuff what does that mean

and here are the specs for the Polks

http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/specs/recent/ls50/

i bought them back in 1994, i have taken good care of them :)

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