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In Reply to: RE: Two MUST reads for digital audio consumers posted by Todd Krieger on May 25, 2017 at 05:53:05
If it weren't for the fact that I'm extremely happy with my current CD playback setups, I'd be more interested in a streaming service.
As I thought that too for a long time. But despite the fact I'm an old boomer, having access to millions of tracks in CD quality via Tidal is really cool.
It's not about playback quality per se - it's all about having instant access to almost any piece of music you've ever wanted to hear.
It is also a great way to test drive new recordings. Sure, some are crappy but not all. Now I get it. :)
I do cheat with those 5-disc CD changers..... Although I would still have to hunt for a song because I don't know the sequence.
I personally wish good sound from CD playback were more readily available..... If it were, I believe the industry wouldn't have drifted to file based playback and streaming audio. (But then again, vinyl may have not made a comeback.)
I do admit that I'm lazy..... The time I've spent in finding something that sounds good with CD playback I do not want to repeat with other digital audio playback formats..... Even if it might ultimately beat the CD from a sonic and musical enjoyment standpoint.
"I personally wish good sound from CD playback were more readily available..."
I agree, Todd. What's ironic is that was the big promise of CD from the get go, part of it's primary raison d'etre. Rather than perfect sound forever we've more been saddled with mediocre sound forever. While the floor of cheap CD is perhaps higher than that of cheap vinyl, the ceiling of vinyl is higher than that of CD.
The time I've spent in finding something that sounds good with CD playback I do not want to repeat with other digital audio playback formats..... Even if it might ultimately beat the CD from a sonic and musical enjoyment standpoint.
I get that. The journey for me was long with a number of pot holes in the way. Having said that, I find the challenge was well worth the effort. While perhaps not quite as passionate about the ill effect of RFI, I've taken quite a few steps to minimize its effects with my computer based system.
First and foremost - the music server isn't remotely close to the listening areas. I use shielded CAT7 to get the signal to the player upstairs. All sources run through a conditioner and amplification through dedicated lines. The uRendu player uses a power supply which delivers galvanic isolation from the AC.
The beauty is being able to focus more on the music - all of it and instantly! - without having to futz around handling shiny frisbees. :)
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