The other day I fished an old receiver out of my garage (nearly forgot it was there), it's a Sony STR DE 535 I bought years ago--before the world turned completely digital. The thing is, it's still in as-new shape; a little dusty, but works fine. It's a 5.1 system that's rated at 100 watts per channel. So far, so good, but my problem is--what the heck can I do with it?
These days all of my music is digital, so I'm trying to figure out the best options for getting that data out of a computer and into the amp's circuity, and back out through the headphone jack.
I know, for instance, I can run an RC cable from the headphone out on one of my computers (iMac or MacBook) and then plug that into one of the the receivers' input jacks (tested fine with a phone hooked the CD input). That connection sounded good coming back out the headphone jack (and that lets me hear the various EQ settings). But wouldn't a digital connection be better/slicker? I'd guess so, but there are no digital/optical inputs on the back of the STR DE 535 (so far as I know). I'm wondering if there's even a DAC in the receiver (for CDs)? No? Anyone?
I suppose another route might be to connect a Bluetooth receiver to the Sony and stream music from a computer, but still, I'm wondering if there isn't something else I hadn't thought of--something YOU might have?
Whatever I come up with, the unit will most likely end up in my bedroom. If I keep it, I'll eventually hook up some speakers, but I have no interest in setting up a Home Entertainment A/V system (until I figure it out, it's going to be headphones only). Speaking of which, anyone know how the headphone jack on this receiver compares with what I get out of my desktop system (computer to Jotunheim)--more power, cleaner, less neutral, same-same?
I've been out of receivers for a long time so all thoughts and ideas are welcome.
PS: here's a link to the Sony STR DE 535 technical info/specs: