I use apple tv to stream music, and i have apple tv and fire tv and dvd player for video. EVERYTHING connects to the Sony Bravia TV.
I use the Bravia’s analogy audio out (3.5mm headhone jack) straight into my NAD C268 amp.
This is a convenient setup since everything goes through my television and I get a single out to the amplifier. Convenient though it may be, I’m wondering if the sound is as good as it can be since I am using the Bravia’s DAC to convert the Apple TV’s music data.
My first thought was to buy an AV processor and run it in “stereo mode” essentially making it a 2 channel preamp. The beauty in this solution is the ability to send the apple tv, fire tv, and DVD player all into the AV processor via HDMI. But I wondered whether the sound quality would be as good as a 2 channel preamp dedicated to playing music. And so, hoping to better the quality of sound, I just purchased a Stellar DAC. I intend to plug the Bravia’s optical out into the Stellar DAC.
Am I on the right track? Is the Stellar DAC a viable solution for my needs? Is there a better solution out there that I am missing given that I definitely want to use Apple TV for playing music?
Thank you for any thoughts.