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RE: No easy answer

I completely agree with the point that since there is already a lot of compression applied by lossy CODECs to the digital output from a TiVo, it makes no sense in using a high-end DAC for TiVo sound exclusively. Nonetheless, if one wanted to watch TV shows in the room with his hi-fi and get the best possible sound from a gizmo like a TiVo (which I think was the thrust of the OP) it seems worth a $200 or so DAC, versus taking analog out of the TiVo box. The OP must decide the results for himself in the end anyway.

As to it being 'death' I think that's a little severe a penalty! DD 5.1 sounds "pretty good" - by that I mean it is not badly fatiguing for a period of listening the length of a concert or opera. DD has some sonic crud going on, yes, but I'd estimate 3,900 of my 4,000 LPs have some crud that is as bad, in some way.

On the whole, the designers of the world's lossy CODECs should be staked to anthills and Hall & Oates' MP3s played at high volumes from iPods until they beg forgiveness. You can't get away from them today, it seems. Movies, internet radio, TV, Netflix, your kids and friends, etc. will slip lossy CODEC program into your home uninvited, as it were.

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