Re: I would agree with him if only he lowered the bar to cd quality
Posted by Tabernacles E. Townsfolk on 4/28/2017, 11:15 am, in reply to "Re: I would agree with him if only he lowered the bar to cd quality"
I do use an external DAC, but I don't have a CD player anymore (and haven't for the last few years) and I've never tried actually using my sound card for sound (I use it to have a digital output). My understanding, though, is that any CD player will correct for jitter -- to the extent jitter is even audible -- and problems like that: with digital anything you either get it perfect or not at all, and any transport will do the job so long as it reads the pits and land correctly. Even something like stabilizing the disc in the player won't improve anything if the bits are right: that seems to be a holdover of LPs and a case of CD adopters applying LP logic to a CD, as warpage and not being perfectly flat with records is a problem.
TL;DR -- Basically any transport (that's used only as a transport) should be identical because a digital signal is either perfect or nothing.
I've pared down my hi-fi over the years. It's a wonderful thing to have when you're living at home or in a roommate situation where you have one room and your computer, stereo, and bed are all within a few feet of each other but once you get to a multi-room dwelling the convenience really breaks down. I guess I *could* arrange things so the computer, stereo, and bed are right next to each other but having a liveable space is more important. Really your speakers or headphones with enough amplifier power to drive them is the most important component and will make the biggest difference.
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