How do I know which DAC is “in play”?

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I’m fairly new to the hifi world, and am wondering how to determine which DAC in my various components is actually being used when I play music or watch TV/movies. I have a Bel Canto C5i integrated connected to an OPPO 203 (RCA), a Bluesound Node 2 (optical), and my TV (optical). Depending on which device is being used through the Bel Canto (CD player, streamer, TV), how do I know which DAC is being utilized? Hope this question doesn’t sound as stupid as I think it might.

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So it sounds like a difference between analog and digital connections – analog connections utilize the source’s DAC, and digital connections utilize the amp’s DAC. Thanks so much for your help Jazzman and ML, much appreciated! I’m also unclear about the difference between line in and line out inputs on an amplifier, but I’ll save that for another time. Thanks again!

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