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offboard dac question

I have a five-year old Harmon/Kardon cd player and am interested in going with an offboard dac. There seems to be a growing number of 24/96 dacs in the market now, most notably the MSB and PS-3 units. What I don't understand is how many cd players with 16 or 18 bit on-board dacs can really fully take advantage of a 24/96 off-board dac ? Don't these older players only output a 16 or 18 bit signal ? If so, then why are companies marketing their products as if you will be getting 24/96 resolution simply by popping in the right disc and using their dac ? Any answers out there ?

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Topic - offboard dac question - renaissance 17:16:47 03/11/01 (21)

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