External DAC connection


Greetings Audiogon members, 

I am an audio enthusiast and have been struggling to wrap my head around this question. First a little about my audio set up. Simaudio W5 power amp, Marantz AV7701 preamp, OPPO105, Apple TV gen4 (HDMI), benchmark DAC1, Von Schweikert VR4 speakers.  

What is the best way to connect my Apple TV (to listen to Apple music and Pandora)? If I use the OPPO as a transport, by connecting HDMI from Apple TV > HDMI IN of OPPO > Coax digital out of OPPO > benchmark digital Coax in > benchmark R/L out > Marantz Analog audio in. Will this set up work and if so, will I not be double dipping into the benchmark DAC and the Marantz DAC ultimately listening out of the Marantz DAC? 

Or should I be using an HDMI De-Embedder? HDMI from Apple TV > Kanex de-embedder > HDMI IN to OPPO & Coax digital to benchmark > benchmark R/L out > Marantz Analog audio in. Will I not run into the same issue of ultimately running the sound of Marantz DAC instead of needed benchmark DAC? 

Is there another better way? I would like to use my pre-amp and don't believe it has a HT-bypass

Help please? ghulam
ghulamr
@ericjcabrera , excellent post. 
I would also point out Apple and pandora have pretty low rez output. You would do better with other streaming companies.
B
You really should just use the HDMI into your receiver, but if you are curious, you can usually use your TV to de-embed. Run HDMI into it, and then use the optical digital output to your benchmark.
use your TV to de-embed. Run HDMI into it, and then use the optical digital output to your benchmark


The only problem with that is A/V sync; at least for me, it was out of sync. I can't remember, however, which was delayed; audio or video
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Most of todays AV receivers have HDMI ARC as well the TV's, most AV receivers have a pass through for the cable box, handy when the receivers not on and you want TV volume.
My older LCD has HDMI out but not my newer samsung. All kinds of variables here without delving into the manuals.