Originally Posted by seamus4593
Alright... I'm confused.
I have a cable with red and white (ends?) on both sides. So identical ends. I guess it's called RCA?
Hooked red and white to CD player and other red/white into stereo receiver.
CDs now can play...into receiver and into my headphones (straight into receiver jack)
The receiver has a "CD" setting that I press and I hear the CDs.
Is that an ideal way to hook the two boxes together? Is that "DAC"? Or is there something separate I should get? Could digital signal technically remain digital and play through a receiver with a CD setting?
With your current set, the CD player's DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) is doing the converting of a digital audio signal to an analog audio signal. then the analog signal is traveling down the cable to the receiver, which then goes to the headphone jack on the receiver.
All the 2 jack red/white RCA's are analog, coaxial digital is a signal RCA input jack, if you have any coaxial inputs.
If the CD player has any digital outputs USB, optical or coaxial, then you could hook up an external DAC between the CD player and the receiver.
What is the make and model of the CD player and the receiver?