Your Outlaw stuff was good when you bought it but time marches on.I'd go Onkyo.Like Yamaha back 15 years ago they have decent sound quality and keep ahead of curve with processing and chips.
What do you mean by analog DACs? Do you mean DACs for processing analog input or for the output of digital input? I'm trying to decide whether to replace my Proceed PAV/PDSD with an Integra 9.9 or 40.1. I have a DVDO Edge for video processing and a Velodyne SMS-1 for sub management, but both could be replaced by an Intera. But I fear losing the sense of soundstage the PAV/PDSD generate.
My thoughts are that the Integra is great for HT, however IMO, it falls considerable short in processing digital or analog music. In my journey down the HT/HiFi path, I was initally intrested in HT, however, as I became more involved, music became more important to me than HT, I went from 80/20 HT to 80/20 music, and found that the Integra which was initally great for HT fell short on the music end, necessitating a change in my system.
What I'm recommending now is that you take a leap, instead of a step and purchase a processor that will satisfactorily handle both HT and music. Anthem immediately comes to mind, but I'm sure there are many others that would also fint the bill.
Dbphd, I agree with Kal's (Kr4) published comments regarding the Integra DTC-9.8. It does a good job with digital inputs, maybe less so with analog inputs. I replaced a Benchmark DAC1 + Bryston BP-26 analog preamp with the Integra 9.8 and I don't believe I've given up anything. My speaker system does the typical auto setup stuff (level matching, phasing, time delays and room mode correction) so I'm not even taking advantage of Audyssey.
Kal, the speakers I use in my main system are from the JBL LSR4300 series; specifically the LSR4328P monitors and LSR4312SP subwoofer. The room mode correction is not very sophisticated. Dr. Toole suggests in one of his papers that dealing with just the most problematic room mode is usually beneficial. I assume that JBL has implemented his idea.
The speakers are all networked together with CAT5 cable so that making any adjustment to one speaker causes all the other speakers to stay in sync. It's very convenient.
They have put similar technology into this device: MSC1
I replaced a Benchmark DAC1 + Bryston BP-26 analog preamp with the Integra 9.8 and I don't believe I've given up anything.
Interesting. I guess this suggests (if you cannot hear a difference) that the jitter handling of the Integra is excellent - did you carefully A/B against the DAC1 ?
I use an Anthem AVM 20 and will eventually need to upgrade (perhaps to the D2) at some point and the Integra looks like great value. I find the Anthem 20 adequate for movies and DVD's but there is some slight audible jitter (disappointing but not surprising) and hence I prefer DAC1 as the source for music.
Shadorne, I spent about a week comparing the 9.8's analog inputs from a DAC1 to its digital input from a Denon 3910. If I remember correctly I used an optical cable from the 3910 to the DAC1 and a coax from the 3910 to the 9.8. I did not attempt to match levels when switching inputs and I don't recall there being an obvious level difference or any obvious difference at all.
Honestly, I was torn about removing the DAC1 because I'm such a big fan, but I was trying to reduce the number of components in the living room and I really couldn't justify keeping it in the system.
So yes either the 9.8 does jitter reduction well enough or the 9.8's analog inputs are poor enough to offset the DAC1's jitter reduction or there just wasn't much jitter to deal with. Does that make sense?
I did replace the Denon 3910 with a NAD CD player that has a transformer coupled digital output hoping to help the 9.8's digital inputs. No clue whether it made a difference -- nothing audible to me, but I sleep better knowing I made the effort!