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In Reply to: RE: AS a vinyl guy I'm glad my cd player is an Ah! Tjoeb posted by spindoctor on April 13, 2017 at 17:56:21
CD playback seemimgly has gotten better through the years. Not to put too fine a point on it but the discussion shifts when you consider the design of DAC's (which have undergone a zillion changes) and look separately at disc-players as transports.
I am breaking in a new Blue-Ray player as CD/SACD transport right now. The sound is (a bit disturbingly) crystal clear. There's no sweetening, certainly. The music rolls out with minimal digital artifacts that I can discern. ("Artifacts" are hard to characterize but are the things that made early CD players so awful to my ears-- a creepy metallic overtaste added to the music.)
It's a very different performance than LP's but it stands up well on its own.
As time passes, I'm thinning my record collection to around 2000 LP's as my digital recording collection has grown to around the same. As a music lover I encounter the occasional CD and try to make the best of it!
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Too bad the long-term prospects of keeping such players working is nearly ZERO.
My original Magnevox FD-1000 is on the shelf for lack of a LASER. Not a big or expensive part, but certainly Critical.
While commodity parts will be available for quite a long time, exclusive parts will go away fairly quickly and good machines (otherwise) will drop out.
Too much is never enough
And tubes. And horns. And electro-magnets. And tape. Nothing's written in stone. Just be sure to give me all your CDs when you dump them!
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
Rip your CDs to lossless files and play them with the best sounding "computer audio" setup you can muster.
I've been enjoying a dedicated "music PC" using Window 7 and deliberately configured to be very "quiet"- very few bus interrupts, software update queries, that sort of thing. A small SSD inside plus a large external HDD work well. I got professional help to add the SSD and configure the PC; well worth the cost! It's very quiet acoustically, using the little fan speed control app to turn them down to nearly zero, with no ill effects. The small form-factor desktop sits in my record cabinet purring away year after year. Total cost with a USB-S/PDIF DDC and cables about $300. I wish every $300 I've blown on my HiFi gave me this much pleasure and performance!
To my fuzzy ears it sounds INDISTINGUISHABLE from my CD player. Apparently the determinants of performance are the S/PDIF coax cabling, transmitter / receiver, and the DACs in my preamp. I have noted a bit better sound from CDs on my new universal disc player via Toslink to the preamp however, but I suspect its a manifestation of a fortuitous optical transmitter / receiver matchup and the fine glass Toslink I splurged on.
I have to stop here-- any further discussions will certainly be downgraded to the digital asylum pages! My only defence is that I'm a staunch vinylista Bear, limping through digital miasma trying to make the best of it!
I already use ALAC on my confuser, but don't have a robust to-stereo connection.
Compuer stuff will be around for a LONG time.
Too much is never enough
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