Like SteveR750, I'd recommend ripping to FLAC for archival purposes. Don't forget to backup everything onto a second HDD, you don't want to have to rip everything again if the main HDD should fail.
The Onkyo also has networking capability built-in via either ethernet or optional wireless dongle (which also plugs into one of the two USB ports). This allows streaming from a NAS or computer as well as direct access to internet radio, Spotify, Napster and Last.fm.
In short, it's a serious bit of kit and no slouch in either the video or audio department.
Later on, you can experiment with DACs by demoing them against the Onkyo at home to determine whether or not you feel like investing. When you have time you can approach your local Hi-Fi dealers and discuss this with them. All in your own sweet time, there's no need to rush.
+1 for everything AL13N said.
Hold off on the external DAC and spend money on more music!
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Thank you all for your replies.
I will rip my music to a hard drive in lossless and hold off from looking at external dacs as your opinions suggest what I thought, that the dac's within the Onkyo are more than capable of doing the job.
I have many original cds and I am hearing them only through my CDP other music files I am hearing through my computer
connected to MUSICAL FIDELITY VDAC II , I realy don't understand why I should get reed of my excellent original quality cds collection and rip them !!!???
Well, you're not allowed to "get rid" of your CDs just because you've ripped them but that's just one of several inaccuracies that you said during this thread. Do it any way you want mate, but stop passing incorrect information to other people.
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There's absolutely no need to abandon CD players if that's what you like. In fact the only thing which tempted me away was a long service award from work that allowed me to buy a HRC Steamer II+ at no cost.
Main system: Mac Mini 2011 > HRT II+ DAC • Cyrus 2 & PSX • Cyrus tuner • MS 10i speakers [on loan]
Also cluttering-up the place: Thorens TD160 (no cart) • Marantz CD 63 mkII KI & PM66 KI • Technics SL-P777 • Nakamichi DR-1
I am not passing incorrect information , from my experience even my entry level CAMBRIGDE AUDIO CD sounds better
than any lossless music files ( that I have as well ) maybe it is more convenience to store music in hard disc but it not sounds better !
Hi Fi : Proac Studio 140MK2 - Rotel RC1580 [PRE AMP] - Rotel RB1582 [POWER AMP] -Rotel RCD1520 [CDP] Cables : Tellurium Q Black speaker cables- Tellurium Q Ultra Black RCA interconnects - WireWorld Stratus 7 power conditioning cords
AV ( 2.1 channels / Bypass mode ) : YAMAHA RXV767 - INFINITY PRIMUS PS8 subwoofer
Have a good listen to a streamer through a good DAC - the Dacmagic+ would be a good comparison to your existing CA set up. Provdicing it's not iTunes or Windows Media PLayer, as these really donw work on a PC, you might be very surprised indeed!
CA are now doing some nice streamers, I've not heard them, but JD is a bit of a fan.
JRiver MC17 -> Cambridge Audio DACmagic+ -> Roksan Caspian M2 -> ProAc D18
I compared the CA DACMagic Plus to the MF VDAC 2 and I prefered the second one I must agree to WHAT HIFI DACMagic review :
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