All rips not equal...?!
I read with interest (and dismay) in the latest issue of HiFi Choice that one of the reviewers had achieved different results ripping CDs to several different devices. His contention was that rips via a Naim HDX were noticably superior to those made on a rip-NAS, the latter being roughly equivalent to ripping a CD on a MacBook in his opinion/experience.
Having invested rather a lot of time quite recently re-ripping all my CDs in Apple Lossless format on my MacBook Pro, I find this rather concerning.
Is there any truth in this in the experiences of anyone else out there? And if so, exactly how much of a difference are we talking about?
I have got an application called Max which has options for using a 'comparison' ripper requiring user-specifiable number of matches per sector and 'paranoia' (?! brilliant) error correction - is re-ripping with this kind of software going to yield better results that using iTunes? As good as an HDX?
The idea of re-ripping all my CDs is rather upsetting, but I hate the idea that I'm not getting the best at the moment!