All SACD outputs on any brand SACD player are analogue only, so for SACD playback you must use rca analogue interconnects, (on the 9000ES use the analogue left and right outs) They haven't agreed upon a digital standard yet. You can only bypass the DAC's on the Sony via the digital outs. You can then choose between DAC's for CD playback by switching inputs on your preamp from "DVD" to CD and picking whichever sounds best. General consensus is that coaxial sounds a bit better than optical. Good luck.
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