Pdn; A cd player's dig.output signal is at the mercy of the dac within the receiver. What we we think isn't as important as what you think. Connecting this way allows you to hear how good the dac is within the player vs the dac in the receiver.--------In gereral the dac in the receiver won't be as good as a quality 2ch,dedicated dac. The same can be said for the dac in your players,as well. To take advantage of a quality dac will also mean you would need a quality 2ch. pre.amp---oh ya, a quality 2 ch. amp would also be needed. So, what you have is a 'taste' (assuming you only have a receiver).