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The test of hdmi versus usb, coaxial and optical was of the additional digital inputs, not of the outputs. Using the digital outputs of this unit doe snot seem to make much sense: the justoification for its much higher price is the inbuilt high quality conversion to analogue, plus the presence of additional digital inputs to add a streamer like the Chroimecase, etc., turning it into a digital pre amplifier.
I agree that high definition formats are unlikely to make an audible difference, and certainly not those beyond 24/48.
Sorry for all the typos in my previous post. I need the edit function...
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