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RE: Secondary AD/DA conversion okay?

Looking at your system (up to date?) I'm guessing you'd get better sound by using the Oppo BDP-95 and converting SACD to 24/88.2 and doing bass management in the Oppo - and passing on the conversion in the amps (if possible). But in my experience any conversion of DSD to PCM is a sonic disaster.

Full disclosure: I do a secondary conversion of the subwoofer channel - on a separate analog copy of the signal - with a 40 Hz crossover for room mode correction (anti-mode 8033 s-ii). Some critical listeners prefer a PCM conversion with Dirac Live.

Maybe you don't really like the Marantz - I know I didn't like my SA-14. At any rate, rest assured that what you are hearing with this topology is not the Marantz at all.

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