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RE: Musical evolution takes its first breath

Plastic

Before you splash out on something new to play physical discs I'd get the streaming side of things sorted; you may find you very rarely play discs after. That's certainly my experience, once the Mac Mini / rDac were up and running my Meridian 508 was consigned to upstairs, where it sits sliently to this day. New discs get ripped straight away, if I absolutely need to play anything immediately it goes into the old Sony BlueRay, which itself goes through the rDac. Using your DVD player in similar fashion would allow you to spend more on the streamer / DAC  (get a streamer with digital inputs and kills two birds with one stone, or go the computer / DAC route instead)

nb if you get an rDac spend an extra £20 on upgrading its power supply; Maplin do one that is well worth the money. Not quite night and day but tidies everything up, all for the price of a takeaway.

Cheers, Phil

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RE: Musical evolution takes its first breath

philipjohnwright wrote:

Plastic

Before you splash out on something new to play physical discs I'd get the streaming side of things sorted; you may find you very rarely play discs after. That's certainly my experience, once the Mac Mini / rDac were up and running my Meridian 508 was consigned to upstairs, where it sits sliently to this day. New discs get ripped straight away, if I absolutely need to play anything immediately it goes into the old Sony BlueRay, which itself goes through the rDac. Using your DVD player in similar fashion would allow you to spend more on the streamer / DAC  (get a streamer with digital inputs and kills two birds with one stone, or go the computer / DAC route instead)

nb if you get an rDac spend an extra £20 on upgrading its power supply; Maplin do one that is well worth the money. Not quite night and day but tidies everything up, all for the price of a takeaway.

Cheers, Phil

Hi PP

I agree with this, once you get into the swing of things I doubt you'll find yourself playing too many CDs anymore. It only takes a little longer to put a disc into your PC & rip it. Then you have it done for the next time, just a matter of changning your habbits.

That being said I think the Oppo is for sure the best option if you do want a combined CDP/bluray player. Now that the BDP105 is out you could probably pick up some great deals on the previous BDP93 or the 95. I bought the Nuforce upgrade for mine which completely changed the analogue outputs, sounded heaps better.

 

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