Lemme see if I got after reading a lot: I need an amp if I want to use this one or the Yulong's sibling with speakers, do I?
Please, if you don't mind, answer the following questions. What's the difference between a combo dac/amp and a receiver? Is there any hifi dac/amp in this level all in one? What is the buffer?
Thanks for helping me.
Heres the thing:
Normal Receivers have (for Audio 8channels) all in one:
Processors -> DAC -> Preamp -> Power amp
HiFi systems are Stereo and have all this seperately:
Transport (CD Player, Music streamer)
DAC (Converts to analogue and line level)
Preamp (Takes line level input and boosts it, but still not enough for passive speakers)
Power Amps (even Mono Blocks, 1 per channel, just has a power button, takes the input from the Preamp and boosts it a fixed amount)
so as you can see, a lot more specialised, but a hell of a lot better
All receivers, except for 2 channel stereo only units, have built in DACs for all 5 or 7 channels (depending on if they are a 5.1 or 7.1 model). In some cases they have very nice DACs - a high end Anthem, Marantz, or Pioneer Elite may be just as good as an entry level or midrange DAC. I'd say the D100 is better than most surround receivers but certainly not all of them - some receivers cost thousands of dollars and are very nice. Still, they pack a lot of features into one box and something has to give, even at $2K or so.
I can think of a few 8channel receivers that cost frightening amounts of money.