Without sounding pedantic, many CD players buffer, so it's not truly realtime.
But there is still noise from NAS drives, Mac's, laptops and so on, no?
What about all the Wifi Interference from using modems and and wireless devices such as iPads and iPods near sensitive audio equipment? I should imagine that adds an element of colour.
There are more technical folk on here than me, but here is my understanding:
- All but a few CDPs don't re-read when they come to errors, but attempt to mask the problem by extrapolating the good data.
- The streamer can be located away from the NAS
- RFI and EMI can usually be greatly mitigated using screened leads and isolated sockets; and also if the unit has a well sorted power supply.
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If you store all your digital music on your computer or NAS at some point the hard drive/NAS will break. Whereas CD's last longer, 20+ years. Disc players will probably last longer than HDD/computer as well.
Most NAS users myslef included have 2 drives in there NAS set up as RAID 1 - in effect mirrored so you have 2 drives indentical
if one fails then you have a back-up
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Quite refreshing to see how many people still love the physical CD format and some even going back to it after trying streaming... even more pleasing.
I do rip all my CD's to an external hard drive, but purely to enable me to make and share compilations of my music, but when it comes to serious listening, it's CD all the way for me.
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You have a point on re-reading. Saying that, I like the way modern DAC's and streamers 'support' 24/192 playback yet, until fairly recently, always downsampled for playback.
I still use both methods but for me, the not so humble CD will always have a place. If I had to give up one setup, the Mac and Chordette would be fleabayed without second thought.
Maybe it's because I associate streaming with wifi and the Internet and all the other nasties of the modern age. Seeing what people are listening to on Spotify via Facebook makes me want to vomit. CD's are convinient enough but still have the charm of a physical item.
I'll shut up now.
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FWIW I think all formats have their merits. Most will offer something a little different IMO.
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It is likely that in the near future the catalogue of music available for download will exceed the music available on CD. It may already be the case. The bulk music buying generation does not buy CDs, they download.
You may end up having no choice but to obtain your music online.
Not a chance.
What about the new Blu-Ray Audio format?
So long as the producers insist on implementations that require a screen, the worst of all worlds, since you have the selection overhead *and* no ripping option
Pretty sure that Blu Ray audio has specifically been designed so that you can play them without having to have the screen on.
Interesting to read all the views.
I spent a lot of time looking into ripping, storing and a means to listen to music digitally as we were simply running out of space with our collection of circa 2000 CDs and counting! I found a great way of doing this was to invest in a NAS and a Sonos connect used as a controller.
True, it does take time to rip loads of CDs but I sold the CDP I had and then decided to go all out with digital so bought the Leema dac to raise the sq bar.
As for physical music, I have bought more CDs and vinyls in the last few months than I have for ages so haven't looked back!
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I sold my DAC and burn all my files into CDs also I have hundreds of original CDs . the sound is much better through my ROTEL 1520 CDP .
I think DACs in general have a negative effect on the sound especially on Classical , Jazz and unplug music .
So you don't use a DAC at all?
Yes but I did not mean that, I meant if you buy a cdp you will not be able to play BD audio on it, if that format takes off and its a big if, then you may want to change again. A BD player will play Blu-Rays, BDA, SACD and cds. Thats what I'm saying.
You don't think so, some lesser known artists their music only seems available as downloads (Linn Records) I can see that happening more in the future.
Blu ray audio discs do indeed not require a screen.
I stream files through my Oppo which does require a screen to do so.
However I would not ditch my CD player as, although that function can be performed by the Oppo, I find my CD player to be of better quality. The Oppo is reserved for SACD / DVD playback.
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That maybe so but but your cdp costs £2,000? and how much is the DAC? So that hardly surprising, if you only had the Oppo would you buy a £500 cdp?
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