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What is the best way to run the audio out from a Blu-ray player? My Panasonic has 7.1 analog out, plus audio only HDMI out, digital coaxial, and optical.
Using the analog out now as my player (DMP-UB900) has better processing than my Integra pre-amp processor.

Is this the best way to get the highest quality sound?

Looking at upgrading to the Panasonic DMP-UB9000, solely for the DAC which is the best in the industry. 384kHZ/32 bit. Balanced XLR audio outputs also.
 

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Here is why I'm asking about which audio output is best...

However, it's the UB9000's analogue audio capabilities that sets it apart from the rest of Panasonic's range, with dedicated audio power supplies, and an isolated local power supply for the high-quality 768kHz/32-bit DAC. There are audiophile components used throughout and it's features like these that make this player so expensive.

The 9000 is audiophile grade, and videophile grade.
 

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If you have 7.1 pre-amp with XLR inputs you can use that. Any other way probably will not use the players internal DAC. Of the digitial outputs, in general HDMI is the best, highest bandwidth, multi channel no compression etc. However it will use what ever DAC is in the device receiving the HDMI signal.
Yes, 7.1 pre-amp/processor, with analog inputs. My desire is to use the DAC on the player, as it is better than the Integra processor.

It is my understanding that running the analog audio out from the player, to the analog audio into the preamp will employ the player's DAC.

Yes, we could simply use the HDMI audio feature, but I think that would use the Integra's (DHC-80.3) DAC.
 

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Interesting info, thank you.

So I should watch movies using HDMI for audio thru the pre-pro, and listen to music only with the analog (Balanced XLR) stereo connections.

My DMP-UB900 (2017 vintage) is more advanced than the Integra DHC-80.3 (2012 vintage). Just wondering again how to get the latest surround sound in today's movies, without buying a new AV Processor. We will upgrade to the UB9000 soon.

I do have a small (but very nice) collection of vinyl. A separate vacuum tube pre-amp, and solid state power amp is used for my phonograph listening.

Even though my speaker setup is 9.2, and maybe soon to be 11.2, my serious music listening is done in pure stereo. And it is quite satisfying, surprisingly so.
 

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The Integra DHC-80.3 9.2 has everything minus Atmos. It even has 4K up scaling, plus front height channels.

It will be upgraded soon. Integra, Marantz, NAD are under consideration.
 
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