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Am buying new TV to put above fireplace. Will have Harbeth P3ESR speakers on bookshelves for my TV and 2-channel audio powered by an integrated amp with built in DAC i.e. Parasound P5. For TV, my primary objective is improved dialogue vs. what generally comes from TV's speakers. No interest in surround sound.
My question is, which form of connection might produce the best sound (for dialogue)? The digital out from TV to DAC, or RCA to RCA (if TV has an RCA out)? Or, does it matter?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
For many years I had our TV cable box RCA's connected to a vintage nice stereo using Harbeth LS3/5's. Our older plasma RIP had digital optical out but down stream from the cable DAC. However we found the sound good enough for normal TV. Dialog was clear and easy to follow.
The newer cable boxes will not allow digital into a DAC at least as far as I could see. If this is not true I hope someone will speak out.
We no longer have cable television.
We have been looking at a lot of houses with online real estate sites, and it seems about 90% have the TV mounted way up high above the fireplace, usually because the fireplace is in the middle of the wall with no adjacent wall space large enough for a good sized TV.
Do people really sit with their heads angled 45 degrees back staring up at these TV's? Our 55" TV is sitting on a table with the center of the screen slightly below eye level from a seated position.
One of our requirements for the next house will be fireplace in the corner (or no fireplace at all) with a large enough wall space in the living room for a 55-65 inch TV and floorstanding speakers on either side.
Most new TVs do not even have RCA audio outputs anymore.... They are mostly Optical Out.... So they input to a DAC.
I doubt that the connections would matter that much, but what would
is in the TV's audio settings and EQ. You can choose music, theater,
speech, etc...choose one that works best, and you can use the EQ
selection to customize it also.
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