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RE: Wow, Dave - that's not my experience at all

I have also had no general issues with classical downloads. The first set that I purchased was the remastered Mahler 4 (Szell/Cleveland, from HDtracks). It's 24/192. There is more air around the instruments than in any of the CD issues of this wonderful performance. The only time classical downloads have sounded less than optimal was when the source materials had issues (e.g., Bernstein/NYP Rite of Spring, a great performance with shrill sound).

My "path" is streaming the files via WiFi from my home PC to an Oppo 103, which is connected via coax to a Marantz HD-DAC1. The DAC's analog output goes either to my Denon receiver or the DAC's headphone jack (Focal Clears). I've also brought the files to the Oppo on a portable hard drive, with little audible difference compared to WiFi.


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