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You are quite correct, in that it's almost exclusively the home theater or a/v receiver that typically incorporate DAC's, and they do that only so one can run a digital output from the DVD player to the receiver and let it handle decoding, blending the .1 LFE info with the low cut from other channels to go to the sub, etc. Outlaw makes a stereo receiver with a USB input, but stereo-only receivers with DAC's are not common......but a/v receivers always have a number of them.

Seems as if a few manufacturers have tried to go the "integrated amp with internal DAC" route (Music Hall's Mambo, for one) but it just didn't meet the tweakability standards of most audiophiles, who want separates.
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Originally Posted by maarek99 View Post
Entry level receivers will sound about 20x better than even the best soundcards if my Kenwood is anything like the rest. Emu 0404 (pci or usb) loses to it badly, X-fi elite pro doesn't hold a candle etc.

It measures badly, but sounds great. It has a worse dac than the emu 0404 usb, but still outperforms it. And it's not even close.
maarek99,

What is the model of your entry level Kenwood? And do you think it would drive a Sennheiser HD580 well? Thanks
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