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I need something fairly bright for home theater. What is good and cheap? Thanks.

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I need something fairly bright for home theater. What is good and cheap? Thanks.

To what and how is this DAC to be hooked up to?

Need more details then "home theater".

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It's connecting to a Sony receiver and a pair of Klipsch speakers, via optical.

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It's connecting to a Sony receiver and a pair of Klipsch speakers, via optical.

So is a computer the source, that connects to the Sony receiver?

So the optical is connected to the computer's on-board audio?

what model is the Sony receiver?

 

The Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $50, comes with the CS4398 DAC chip.

Which should be a fair bit better then the DAC chip built into the motherboard.

Plus the Xonar DX/D1 comes with Dolby Headphone surround sound.

Just run an analog cable (mini-jack to RCA) from the Xonar to the Sony.

 

SMSL SD-1955 DAC, $100, ships from China, AD1955 DAC chip,

use an RCA to RCA cable, between DAC and sony

 

HRT Musicstreamer, USB DAC, $150

 

ODAC, USB DAC, $150

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I agree with the sound card suggestions above, especially if you're using those 5.1 type home theatre systems. 

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So is a computer the source, that connects to the Sony receiver?

So the optical is connected to the computer's on-board audio?

what model is the Sony receiver?

 

The Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $50, comes with the CS4398 DAC chip.

Which should be a fair bit better then the DAC chip built into the motherboard.

Plus the Xonar DX/D1 comes with Dolby Headphone surround sound.

Just run an analog cable (mini-jack to RCA) from the Xonar to the Sony.

 

SMSL SD-1955 DAC, $100, ships from China, AD1955 DAC chip,

use an RCA to RCA cable, between DAC and sony

 

HRT Musicstreamer, USB DAC, $150

 

ODAC, USB DAC, $150

 

Actually the source is the TV, connected to a PS3 and cable box. The optical out of the TV will connect to the DAC, which will connect to the Sony receiver via RCA cables, model STR-DH100. I bought a used Denon receiver with a built in DAC and optical inputs which works great, but unfortunately does not fit the small space I have. The Sony receiver is less deep.

 

The SMSL SD-1955 looks like it would fit the bill. Thanks!


Edited by Jbucla2005 - 9/28/12 at 4:07pm
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