• Hello and Welcome to HiFiVision.com - an online community for the home entertainment and tech enthusiasts!

    If you would like to ask a question, participate in a discussion and view attachments please Register yourself.

HiFi Amp with digital input

Join HiFiMART Telegram Channel for offers & deals

longshanks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2009
Messages
1,213
Points
63
Location
India
there are amps from marantz , pioneer and onkyo which have digital in but they wont fit your budget.

the only digital stereo amp with good SQ that i know of is the Sharp SM-SX100 .
 
Upvote 0

unleash_me

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 1, 2007
Messages
2,247
Points
113
Location
Nostalgia
Is there any good HiFi amp with digital input? Like Marantz...
budget is 25 - 30 K

Onkyo CS-515 has Optical input. This should fall in your budget (15k for amp and 15k for BS models like 9.1 or F1) But if flexible, you can also try the Peachtree Nova.

Check out this link maintained by member zzgavin from a similar forum. Although relatively expensive, all these got digital inputs.

Cheers.
 
Upvote 0

KHK

New Member
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
39
Points
0
Location
Mumbai
If amps start doing digital to analog conversions, then the DACs will have be given pink slips!
 
Upvote 0
Joined
Sep 9, 2009
Messages
233
Points
18
Location
Bangalore
I have optical digital output disc player and planning to change my worldspace receiver and to get one with digital out.

Dont want a AVR which will have a lot of inputs and outputs, even radio...etc. This will increase the cost. I want to look for a very good speaker system as well. So thought a good amp will do now. But Marantz amps dont have digital inputs I think (form their site).
 
Upvote 0

KHK

New Member
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
39
Points
0
Location
Mumbai
what u need is a DAC that takes digital inputs from various sources and feeds the amp.

No hi-fi amp has a digital input. Only AV amps have them. But those digital signals are different. They are DD, DTS, etc (5.1) audio multiplexed into one digital signal. This digital signal is different from a 2-channel digital signal.

But a Cambridge DacMagic for 20K (?!) and any amp and your problem will be solved.
 
Upvote 0

anm

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2008
Messages
6,136
Points
113
Location
New Delhi, India
you can buy a stereo receiver 3490 OR 3390 from harman kardon.
they have digital input, radio,and 120wpc on 3490 and slightly lower power on 3390.

I have optical digital output disc player and planning to change my worldspace receiver and to get one with digital out.

Dont want a AVR which will have a lot of inputs and outputs, even radio...etc. This will increase the cost. I want to look for a very good speaker system as well. So thought a good amp will do now. But Marantz amps dont have digital inputs I think (form their site).
 
Upvote 0
Joined
Sep 9, 2009
Messages
233
Points
18
Location
Bangalore
No hi-fi amp has a digital input. Only AV amps have them. But those digital signals are different. They are DD, DTS, etc (5.1) audio multiplexed into one digital signal. This digital signal is different from a 2-channel digital signal.
u mean the amplifiers(not AVRs) from Onkyo and sharp are not hi-fi amps? Their digital inputs wont be useful?
Please explain. :sad:
 
Upvote 0

psychotropic

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2008
Messages
2,832
Points
83
Location
Chennai, India
Anand, it would be very helfpul if you told us what source you have. Instead of hunting for an amp with a digital input, it may just make more sense for your to replace your souce, and get a regular amplifier.
 
Last edited:
Upvote 0

jai1611

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 2, 2009
Messages
1,511
Points
113
Location
Bangalore
It might be easier to buy a separate external DAC since you plan to use digital source. will greatly increase the options for the amplifier.
 
Upvote 0
Joined
Sep 9, 2009
Messages
233
Points
18
Location
Bangalore
My sources: computer sound card (digital out)
worldspace:digital out
dvd player :digital out

(both optical and co-axial digital inputs)

I can have my source with analogue inputs. But want to use the digital out capability.

listening area : small- medium size room.

dont want any disc player.
Planned to use HiFi stereo speaker system ( may be with subwoofer later).
 
Upvote 0

psychotropic

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2008
Messages
2,832
Points
83
Location
Chennai, India
OH okay, so then a DAC + amp is probably going to work out cheaper for you than an amp with a built-in DAC (ie digital input). Try and get your hands on one of the beresford DACs, and pair it with a budget amplifier frmo Marantz or CA or NAD.
 
Upvote 0

maanick

New Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2009
Messages
1
Points
0
Location
New Delhi
Hi,

The Harman Kardon HK 3490 retails for approx 30k in India. If discounts are possible then probably it ll come down to somewhere between 25k-27k. A budget amp from Marantz would work out to somewhere around 18k ( correct me if i am wrong) + an external DAC (DACMagic - 20-22K or Bersford 150 pounds which is around 12 K) works out to be 30K plus. What would be a better deal considering Digital Inputs are a major attraction
 
Upvote 0

psychotropic

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2008
Messages
2,832
Points
83
Location
Chennai, India
one more thing. This won't help with your worldspace, but you can replace your DVD player for sure, why don't you swap out the sound card you have on your comp with something like an Asus Xonar card? that comes in with some reasonably good DACs as far as i have read, and then you can hook it straight to a regular amplifier.

hmmmm.. since DAC will eatup my budget,
now I plan to buy a very good amp + speakers...
So I can save now and will buy DAC later.
 
Upvote 0
Top