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In Reply to: RE: Ordered a Marantz posted by Ozzie on November 16, 2023 at 10:44:46
I would run my tv optical straight to the Marantz and skip the dac for better dolby digital 5.1 surround. Running stereo rca into the Marantz to then make up a 5.1 mix will never be as good no matter how good the dac is.
You could try it both ways and no harm in either I suppose but if you want what is closer to what you hear in a movie theater let the Marantz decode a digital signal instead of an analog signal. It's been a while since I've had a preamp with home theater bypass so I forget the exact setup but your new HT receiver has LR mains preamp outputs so should be pretty simple.
EDIT: Looking at your profile and equipment and I must say it's a beautiful setup. While modern inexpensive dac's sound really good your weakest link is the Schitt Modi. I suspect the dac in your new Marantz as well as your Marantz cd player will be just as good if not better.
Edits: 11/18/23Follow Ups:
I would start with e-arc from the Samsung TV to the Marantz, L/R pre-outs of the Marantz into the Home Theater bypass input on the Pass preamplifier. I think for each channel in the Marantz you can specify if the signal should go to the pre-out or the Marantz speaker output.
If this proves to be unsatisfactory, then I would try optical output from the TV into the Marantz.
In the Marantz, you'll want to configure the L/R speakers to be full range.
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