Advice on connecting to Accuphase integrated amp

Dampdog

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New here. Greetings!

Advice on the following would be much appreciated.

I’ve just upgraded from a Denon pma 1600ne to the accuphase e280 (with the optional Dac 50.)

I have mainly been streamAmazon hd music from a Denon DNP 800 into the Denon amp via optical, and have also plugged my tv into the Denon amp, also via optical.

The accuphase dac only has one optical input, a usb b input, and a coaxial. I’m thinking to continue using the Denon network player via optical, and buying an extra optical to coaxial converter for the tv.

Or, would it be best to connect the amp and network player via rca?


I’m not so clued up. Thanks!
 

Onepoint5

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New here. Greetings!

Advice on the following would be much appreciated.

I’ve just upgraded from a Denon pma 1600ne to the accuphase e280 (with the optional Dac 50.)

I have mainly been streamAmazon hd music from a Denon DNP 800 into the Denon amp via optical, and have also plugged my tv into the Denon amp, also via optical.

The accuphase dac only has one optical input, a usb b input, and a coaxial. I’m thinking to continue using the Denon network player via optical, and buying an extra optical to coaxial converter for the tv.

Or, would it be best to connect the amp and network player via rca?


I’m not so clued up. Thanks!
The DAC50 takes the coax and optical or USB whichever is on first and switches that through.
This can get tricky with coax converter always being on.

Suggest to buy a 2nd hand DAC 20/30 for the additional optical input and switch between them on the 280 option 1 option 2.

The DAC50 has an excellent USB input DSD 256 capable, if you're into serious listening it's a good place to start.
 

Dampdog

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Onepoint5,

Thanks so much. I didn’t realise I could put an additional DAC into the Option 2 slot. I thought it was for phono etc.

I live in Tokyo, and after a quick online search, older Accuphase DACs look readily available. I’ll go that route.

I may also look into DSD for a few favourite artists. Right now, I’m totally blown away by the quality from Amazon Music via USB at 32 bit output. It’s an unbelievable step up from my previous amp. Bravo Accuphase.

Appreciate your kind help.
 

Onepoint5

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Yes the 2nd slot can be for phono, 4 rca inputs or another DAC. I have two Dacs in my E-450.
The suggestion for an older unit is the optical stays much the same at 96 but the USB changed a lot. The plugin boards are as reliable as the amps, last a long time.
 

Dampdog

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Great to hear, thank you. Higher-end audio is pretty new to me, so your advice is really appreciated. The sound of my entry-level Accuphase leads me to believe your E-450 must sound incredible.
 

Onepoint5

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Each Accuphase has its own character in some way that it's difficult to switch to another brand and be satisfied with that.
I still own an E-205 from 1988, works to this day, the E-450 from 2010, use it everyday. Enjoy the E-280 it will most likely stay a long time too.
 

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