HDTV Out to Old Amplifier In

dhs0403 -- Fri, 02/10/2012 - 09:22

Good morning,
I currently am using the USB-based Music Streamer to send internet music from my Macbook to my older RCA-based receiver.
Having just purchased a HDTV that has built-in internet access, I now have more options.
The new TV has two options for AUDIO OUT.
   --- a 3.5mm analog jack
   --- an optical digital jack
Question 1 -- if I convert entirely to the HDTV pathway, which output jack will carry the best resolution?
Question 2 -- would the new HDTV pathway have better resolution than my existing USB-based Music Streamer pathway?
In either case, my primary goal is to enjoy Pandora music from the internet.

Douglas -- Sat, 03/03/2012 - 09:19

 Hi Dave,
Your Music Streamer will soon have a new brother which is HDMI based.  Keep an eye out for it sometime later this year.  It reportedly will have a bit rate up to 192khz and be very reasonably priced in the $200-300 range!  I have a feeling from what you wrote this might be the best route to get the sound into your receiver.  When you can get your hands on one, you'll be able to run HDMI out of your HDTV into the HRT HDMI Streamer, then analog into your receiver.  No Specs out on it yet, but it should have a much better DAC than your TV has.  Meanwhile, I'd try both the analog and optical, to see what you like best.  The TV being newer might have a better DAC than your older receiver.  Enjoy your new HDTV!

All content, design, and layout are Copyright © 1999 - 2011 NextScreen. All Rights Reserved.
Reproduction in whole or part in any form or medium without specific written permission is prohibited.