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Old 08-07-2019, 05:06 PM
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Christian...... Thank you for the post. Do you happen to know if, like the Pioneer unit appearing in this thread, the Sony(s) contain a DAC connected to the rear audio output(s)?
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Christian...... Thank you for the post. Do you happen to know if, like the Pioneer unit appearing in this thread, the Sony(s) contain a DAC connected to the rear audio output(s)?
These Sony's do have a DAC. You're guaranteed a digital component has a built in DAC if it has analog outputs because the digital signal is being converted to an analog signal and sent to those outputs.

But... if you're asking if the Sony's have DIGITAL INPUTS to use its internal DAC with another component, that answer is no.
(edit: The Pioneer doesn't have digital inputs, either)
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Christian.....Great point about the DAC. Yes, a digital source will probably have a DAC on board if it's to "convert" anything to analog ... D.A.C. Wow! I better put this phone down before I permanentIy injure myself!
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DoggieHowser......If you happen to [ever] see this, I was wondering if you have any updated recommendations related to this thread's topic? Once again, we have some SACD type CDs that we would like to enjoy, but the Sony UDP-X800 we own has only (2) HDMI receptacles on its rear panel, so using this particular blu ray player as a source for SACD audio is problematic.



I researched both of the links you kindly provided and, put simply, the DAC is too expensive ... but the Pioneer unit you linked me to is more like it. Considering the pace of technology, do you have a newer and/or better recommendation now?



Thanks for your time...


If the Sony has two HDMI output - one can go to the TV and one to the HDMI DAC.

The Pioneer is an Elite player and will cost more than the Sony.

There is a “better” model called the LX800 but I prefer the 500 for its AKM DAC
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Doggiehowser.....Putting the DAC you prefer aside, what is it about the Pioneer LX800 that you think is better. Does it have something to do its upgraded video capability? Please elaborate.
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This might be of use: https://www.essenceelectrostatic.com...1-channel-dac/

Works quite well.
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Doggiehowser.....Putting the DAC you prefer aside, what is it about the Pioneer LX800 that you think is better. Does it have something to do its upgraded video capability? Please elaborate.

The analog and digital circuits are from the Pioneer network streamer. It has XLR outputs.

Video circuitry is the same. IMHO the Panasonic UB820 has better video processing.
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DoggieHowser......If you happen to [ever] see this, I was wondering if you have any updated recommendations related to this thread's topic? Once again, we have some SACD type CDs that we would like to enjoy, but the Sony UDP-X800 we own has only (2) HDMI receptacles on its rear panel, so using this particular blu ray player as a source for SACD audio is problematic.

I researched both of the links you kindly provided and, put simply, the DAC is too expensive ... but the Pioneer unit you linked me to is more like it. Considering the pace of technology, do you have a newer and/or better recommendation now?
If you really want to benefit from SACD audio quality, you need a really expensive SACD player like Esoteric. Good SACD players are much more expensive than good CD players.
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If you really want to benefit from SACD audio quality, you need a really expensive SACD player like Esoteric. Good SACD players are much more expensive than good CD players.



Often, but not always...

https://www.stereophile.com/content/...-one-cd-player
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I have the UBX-X700 and looked at the UBX-800 very closely too.

These players do not have an RCA output. As far as I know, you need a DAC, the RCA you think is there is actually a digital coax out.

I did not try to retrieve and analog signal from the HDMI outputs via an adapter.
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