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RE: CD Player and Ripper - Ideas Please

" If visitors bring their CDs, we'll want to listen to them without waiting for them to be ripped".

I am very sympathetic to this need and it is one of the reaons why I keep a CD/SACD transport (the other is playing SACDS of course).

I have spent a lot of time looking around for you and one of the main blocks is that direct CD replay need. If you think about it for a music file server ( which is what we are talking about), the ability to play rather than just rip CDs is logically redundant. One other factor related to this is my expectation that the optical drive, should such a machine exist, will primarily be intended for ripping and it is not likely to be of much higher quality than a 25 quid external optical drive of the kind you can get from Samsung etc. It is most unlikely that you will find the equivalent of a transport as found in a high end player.

According to the current version of Naim's webpage devoted to the specs of the Uniti Star, it does indeed play CDs directly but I appreciate that the amp facilities are not relevant to you so sorry for the ill thought through suggestion.

Frankly I really do not believe that you will find a one box solution with the quality of CD replay that is commensurate with the quality of your system.

As the need for the facilty will be occasional when guests bring their own CDs I think that the most realistic strategy is to bite the bullet and buy a decent quality transport (Cambridge?) and feed it throught your DAC. Otherwise look at decently good CD players. Regard it just as an occasional piece so don't devote too much money to it. No guests? Put it away in a cupboard :-)

As for the RAID as a backup idea that it is not advisable. Please read the piece linked to. OK, the writer is dealing with a library of photos but the same applies to music.

In my own case all of my ripped and downloaded music is kept on external 3 inch HDDs. Should the one in use fail then all I do is unplug it and plug in a replacement (I keep three of them ). A 60 second job unless I need to change the drive letter in my file player.

I wish you every success in your search.



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