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Upsamplers, DACs, jitter, shakes and analogue withdrawals, this is it.

RE: PC audio IS mainstream audio.

My WXP computer is on standby 24/7. Time to come back alive is under 10 seconds. This time is saved in locating the first disk to play.

The storage space for one CD is around 400 MB (flac encoded). For $100 one can by a 1 TB drive, which will store 2500 CDs. Double that cost to allow for backups. Software, such as 2BrightSparks, makes it convenient to keep the disks backed up. You can do this periodically or after adding new albums. Storing CDs on hard drive takes less space and money than storing the physical disks on shelves.

Tagging is a non-issue. It isn't necessary. But neither is keeping your physical CDs in order. If you have a large collection, some amount of effort is needed to keep your library in order. With computer audio this is a one time effort.

It is far easier to listen to one's musical collection with a computer based system, once it has been set up. There are two limiting problems:

1-computer knowledge/experience
2-physical location (office/living room issues and related noise questions)

Network approaches can probably address these two issues and make computer audio mainstream.

Tony Lauck

"Diversity is the law of nature; no two entities in this universe are uniform." - P.R. Sarkar

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