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In Reply to: RE: Dac questions posted by partell on January 09, 2017 at 17:54:58
"... I am looking for information on the best way to listen to our digital music seems like we never listen to CDs anymore .We use our IPads or I pods with a splitter in the back.I am pretty sure this is not the best way to do it, are we losing sound quality like this?"
I say yes..... I've never heard server or computer based playback that I thought was comparable to CD playback on a dedicated CD player..... The most frustrating part is that ripping CDs to computer seems to yield different sound quality using different drives, ripping software, playback software, etc. .... Not to mention a seeming worsening of sound quality after the hard drive is defragmented or a change in sound quality (sometimes better, sometimes worse) with updates to the operating system or playback software...... Once I came to the reality of all these variables, I've stuck to CD playback, and am not even thinking about other digital playback methods. (The only playback I enjoy on computer is YouTube.)
CDs are digital..... Whether your Albums are stored on a Hard Drive or a Plastic Disk is not that important as far as sound quality.
Disk Storage trumps CDs in terms of convenience.
Todd, that may be your observation but your response doesn't address the OP's questions. He said, "seems like we never listen to CDs anymore"
I still own a very capable Accuphase CDP that sounds nice but it hasn't been my primary source for CD playback in nearly a decade. I rarely listen to it anymore. I might pop a CD in it once or twice a month just to keep it lubricated. ;-)
I'm getting superb performance from my computer audio setup for 'ripped' CDs as well as hi-res downloads. I use the music server direct to DAC as well as via a dedicated network 'streamer' in another room.
Others are also achieving outstanding results with their computer audio systems. Sticking with a CD player is just a personal choice IMHO and not the definitive answer to high quality digital music reproduction.
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