Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
I don't think either "Hi-res" or digital connections are particularly important at all. Of all of the benefits a standalone DSP provide, those are pretty close to the bottom of the list for me.

Independent L/R EQ is far more valuable, and you can get that with a $150 Dayton DSP.
I like the digital connection and I can definitely hear a difference in my system. The noise floor is non existent when running optical to the DSP. The dayton and miniDSP are great pieces for the price. I don't own either one, but I would assume the interior components of those DSP's are probably not much better than a pioneer head unit. I would assume the DSP's that have hi-res would have better built component and D/A converters in them.