Not everyone is tech-literate but just about everyone has a CD player and can pick up CDs in a supermarket.
You can at the moment but they don't sell anything I want to buy.
"Housewives are happy to listen to cheap compilation disks on their £29.99 Tesco CD/radio kitchen portables or their rubbish Halfords car audios and think nothing of it."
I do think that there is alot of truth in this statement though. How many people on on this forum are housewives?
As long as there's a decent volume of CDs being sold then there's going to be factories around to make them. The format won't die for many years.
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 how does your CDP convert digital to analogue to avoid having one of them nasty DACs inside it then?
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in my opinion if your setup is only PC or simple audio (not high end) it is better you keep using the digital files instead of CDs
easier to find and organize, and you will not feel the different quality
If I were buying my kit again I think I'd avoid a CDP. Spend my money on a DAC and a higher spec. amp or DAC/preamp into active speakers.
At the time I was interested in being able to play SACDs too. I'd still buy CDs but just rip them, get rid of the boxes and store them in sleeves.
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My Rotel RCD-1520 has an excellent internal DAC so I realy don't need a DAC I burn all my files on CD's ( It took a long time to do it ! ) and the sound is great . I do think that I can achieve a good quality sound with a DAC but for that I need a good source with a low THD ( total harmonic distortion) , a very good DAC ( and expensive one ! ) , good quality interconnects between the source to the DAC and between the DAC to the amp
and to find good digital files ... Isn't it more simple to hook up a CD to my CDP and press PLAY ?
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Interesting thread. Personally I don't enjoy sitting at a computer but do like the tangible feel of loading up a disc. I did begin the process of ripping my CDs but got bored and anyway my computer and back up hard drive both then crashed at the sam time. So a few months ago I bougyt myself a new disc spinner, one that plays SACDs so I can still get my hi res kicks (listening to a lot of classical means a vast amount of SACD material is out there for me) and also has a USB input so if I ever do go back to listening from a computer I can make the most of it. I do have a Squeezebox Touch plgged in though, which I use for internet radio and spotify - all the joy of finding what I want from the comfort of my ipad without any of the hassle of NAS devices and ethernet snaking round the house and having to read about the best ripping software ... Each to their own of course but I am in a good place I feel.
An inconvenient truth.
I remember a few years ago I challenged a vociferous "CD vs digital" adherent on this matter but the guy couldn't get it into his head that CD was digital too.
He was so wrapped up in 'tangible', 'warm', 'smooth', 'sleeve notes' and things like the ritual of playing a CD and the 'physicality' of the disk format that pointing out the digital nature of his chosen format (and the DAC in his player) was responded to as if it were an insult.
I call it 'digital denial'.
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Well Naim were until recently in 'digital denial' for decades, believing the transport should be as close as possible to the DAC. Their Naim DAC was their very first standalone DAC wasn't it??
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At least with CD you get to own the music in a tangible format. If one day Spotify goes pop you are left with nothing.
also....could someone tell me how I could stream music from YouTube through my system without using a pc/laptop. Is there something out there that will do this? Sonos?
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More and more artists brings their album on vinyl. Why? Because it is the best sounding! Forget CD!
If I could swap all 700 of my CD's for 700 copies of vinyl I would.
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