Back from what?
from digital files..ripped WMA lossless
There are some advantages, cds are cheap to buy, used cds esp. can be had for around £1, you can also rip them. Why are you thinking about it?
What's the rest of your set up?
Any idea of budget for a CDP?
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Sorry about the empty post for some reason the text has not shown up. Yeah im thinking of going back to CD...as for a few years now i have had my music on my hard drive ripped as WMA lossless, but for some reason im fancying going back to CD..for optimal quality and it would be nice to make use of the 2,000 + CD's i have rather than just having them as back ups, and theres something attractive about playing a CD rather than clicking on a file...
Setup at the moment is CD's ripped to a hard drive then PC connection to the amp..not ideal i guess? but its probably whats not right or wrong but what works for you? application being the word
The sound should not be better but that will depend on various factors.
Sounds like your PC dac is not very good.
Yeah i dont use a DAC Big H, it s not so much a quality thing but more me looking at the application of things and thinking "id like to play a physical CD" that way my CD's get the use and i see the album art etc...sounds a bit romantic i know but hopefully you get where im coming from..i find i play didgital music in a jukebox fashion, and am thinking it would nice to put a CD in and listen to the whole album..does that sound credible or bull**** lol!
damn double post..sorry..
IMO. A CDP is a backwards step, in sound quality (at a given price range), versatility and convenience.
Buy your CDs, rip them in lossless and get a reasonable streamer.....you can still see the album art / read the cover and handle the CDs, it's just you don't place them in the machine.
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It depends on how much trouble you've made it for yourself.
I made it easy. (iTunes, AirPlay, iPhone and iPad).
And my Marantz still gives me the ability to play CDs. (I still have them all.)
Some people go to enormous efforts (and expense) to play their digital files and demand the quality only 24/192 or 24/96 files can give them. I have seen essay length explanations on how to set-up, rip, catalogue and backup files and still people regularly post things like "help, i've lost all my music". (Probably sold all their CDs too )
I am happy with Apple Lossless and 320K AAC and I like seamless operation and gapless playback via (or from) my iPad or iPhone.
I can still 'flick' through the covers too...
Marantz M-CR603 + AirPlay • Rega R3 loudspeakers • iPhone 5 • iMac • Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n • Apple iPad Mini • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390 • Ruark Audio R1 Deluxe • Humax HDR-Fox T2
I also still buy cd's. I want something in my hand, something I can feel, smell (well, sometimes) and physically turn over pages and read.
Sure, I play spotify, downloads etc and they are great for convenience (and more in case of spotify) but the media packaging is imho part of the artist performance/artwork.
I just looked at my Yellowbrick Road lp gatefold and personally am glad, these things still exist. That includes the humble CD.
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
I went back to CD having had a Squeezebox Touch.
My problem with streaming is that I don't have a NAS and I don't want one. I want to switch on and press play. I bought the SBT so I could use it with USB but the software was very buggy for that application.
I'll go back into 'streaming' when someone makes a product that works reliably from a USB hard drive. Have tried the computer route using foobar but I find that too much faffing about.
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