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Am I getting the most out of my system? Need assistance

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I recently found a 20 year old Pioneer VSX-9300 receiver laying in my dad's old storage unit and was ecstatic when I saw it. I plugged it in, turned it on and it works so I took out an old dvd player I had and hooked the unit together through the rca cables. Now from my limited understanding, the signal is converted into analog from the dvd player before it reaches the receiver using an rca connection. The dvd player has a coaxial out but my reciever does not, or at least not one I can see.

 

Am I right when I say the dvd players DAC is worse compared to the receivers? Does a receiver that old even have a DAC? And if possible, is there any way to improve sound quality with what I already have?

 

This is my first post and I apologize if I did not do enough research before asking these questions. This is my first step into the audio world and theres so much to learn that I dont even know where to start!


Edited by VinnyT - 2/7/12 at 1:44pm
post #2 of 6

when you say it works, you also have plugged in speakers in the system and you hear sound?

 

 

[edit] - sorry if it came across as a stupid question (wasn't meant to), but you didn't mention any speakers.

 

the DVD player has a DAC, afaik.

 

there're a few things you can do to improve sound: upgrading speakers is usually the most common one.

 

if you're concerned about the dac of the dvd player you could get a stand alone dac that can goes between the dvd and the amp.

 

or you could get a better dvd/cd player.

 

a lot depend on the budget available normal_smile%20.gif

 

 


Edited by Lenni - 2/7/12 at 3:11pm
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Yeah the headphone jack works as well as hooking up speakers. However when I plug in headphones there's a slight buzz when playing at low volumes but it seems to go away when I turn up the volume and then turn it down to the original setting I had it at.

 

How much would a mid-range standalone dac cost me? I forgot to mention that I will mainly listen to the system through headphones and am not concerned about speakers.

post #4 of 6

I think you'll most likely find the answer to that question in the source forum. I'd suggest you read as much as you can before buying anything, and not getting carried away by hype and stuff.

 

this site has a lot of good info, but it's also a hazard when it comes to spend money.

 

the custom greeting here is: welcome to head-fi; sorry about your wallet.

 

 

post #5 of 6
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Thanks for the help Lenni. Is there anything else I can do connection wise or am I stuck with rca?

post #6 of 6
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I found the specs on my cd player: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-xeDh9Oc8RIh/p_130DV353K/Pioneer-DV-353.html?tab=other_items#details-tab

 

Its labeled 192 kHz 24 bit d/a converter on the front but that seems to be the only information I can pull from the chip inside. Anyone have any insight on this model?

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