I would go onto the meridian website and verify that the 562.2 does not convert analog to digital. I know that the Meridian 568 is all digitl. However, you could try both and see which you like best.
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For DolbyDigital, DTS, and ProLogic decoding, you want to use the Meridian, fed with a digital input. The 568.1 does not have any analog pass thru ability, not even for two channel. Therefore, I would never supply the 568.1 with an analog signal. The 568.1 is an accomplished DAC, so I wouldn't worry that the Sony could do a better job on its own. Besides, with the 568 you don't have an analog pre-amp anyway. The 568 digitizes ALL analog inputs.
The 568 is a nice piece of equipment.