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I am definitely  convinced my hard drive sounds better. So is there a way to set up a home network with my blueray player with out using it as the main display for titles of Albums & artist & album covers. Cause i can only do this right now through my main tele through the Oppo blueray palyer.

Would the all mighty Squeezebox play the part or may i need something else.. Or is there any harddrive network streamers with displays..? Any help welcome.

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The Oppo is not a dedicated CD player, so the laser is not that good. A dedicated CD player will sound a lot better due to less jitter. 

That must be wrong, sorry.  Aside from being by general consesnsus one of the best bits of kit currently made, HiFi News reported on the Oppo 105 in January 2013 and said: "Jitter remains vanishingly low via disc-based media at <120psec...".

Your assertion doesn't really stack up against that, does it?

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nopiano wrote:

csq2 wrote:

The Oppo is not a dedicated CD player, so the laser is not that good. A dedicated CD player will sound a lot better due to less jitter. 

That must be wrong, sorry.  Aside from being by general consesnsus one of the best bits of kit currently made, HiFi News reported on the Oppo 105 in January 2013 and said: "Jitter remains vanishingly low via disc-based media at <120psec...".

Your assertion doesn't really stack up against that, does it?

Am sorry but i can only go by ears.. May be the sound from my hard drive is coloured, & I may like it better.. It may be the case.... Also looking to get my music all in one place. but right now i need someone to help with display setup.

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Hard drives do sound better and this is one the key factors of why people are moving from CDs to computer based playback. CD transports are rotating mechanisms that create vibrations which negatively impact sound quality. Also when laser reads a CD it may create errors. Very expensive CD transports/players try to eliminate these challenges thru various approaches, but even with lots of money put into engineering this doesn't solve the problem 100%. On the other hand, reading data from HDD is error free and there are no moving parts and much less vibration, so a HDD does the same job at much lower cost. Obviously not every computer audio setup is the same and the results may be different, but in general HDDs are better.

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dragon76 wrote:

Hard drives do sound better and this is one the key factors of why people are moving from CDs to computer based playback. CD transports are rotating mechanisms that create vibrations which negatively impact sound quality. Also when laser reads a CD it may create errors. Very expensive CD transports/players try to eliminate these challenges thru various approaches, but even with lots of money put into engineering this doesn't solve the problem 100%. On the other hand, reading data from HDD is error free and there are no moving parts and much less vibration, so a HDD does the same job at much lower cost. Obviously not every computer audio setup is the same and the results may be different, but in general HDDs are better.

Totally agree.......This is fleshing out what I was hinting at earlier.

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dragon76 wrote:

Hard drives do sound better and this is one the key factors of why people are moving from CDs to computer based playback. CD transports are rotating mechanisms that create vibrations which negatively impact sound quality. Also when laser reads a CD it may create errors. Very expensive CD transports/players try to eliminate these challenges thru various approaches, but even with lots of money put into engineering this doesn't solve the problem 100%. On the other hand, reading data from HDD is error free and there are no moving parts and much less vibration, so a HDD does the same job at much lower cost. Obviously not every computer audio setup is the same and the results may be different, but in general HDDs are better.

No moving parts in a hard disk? You are sadly misinformed.

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No moving parts in a hard disk? You are sadly misinformed.

He was probably thinking of the streamer end......as I was.

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Or he meant SSD. Which will hopefully get a bit cheaper very soon. 

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Even a cheap cdp is capable of a bit perfect output.  This has been proven.  Same with dvd and blu ray players, as long as they don't resample the output to 48khz.  Don't let silly little things like facts get in the way though!  The only time a hdd has an advantage is with scratched discs, where the ripping software can make multiple attempts at getting a bit perfect rip.

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Also a HDD will fail, sooner or later it'll happen. 

CDPs can soldier on for ages. 

 

I don't have a CDP btw unless you count the Denon. 

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relocated wrote:

csq2 wrote:

The Oppo is not a dedicated CD player, so the laser is not that good. A dedicated CD player will sound a lot better due to less jitter. If you want even better sound upgrade your external hard drive to a SSD and hook it up with a premium USB cable.

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hammill wrote:

dragon76 wrote:

Hard drives do sound better and this is one the key factors of why people are moving from CDs to computer based playback. CD transports are rotating mechanisms that create vibrations which negatively impact sound quality. Also when laser reads a CD it may create errors. Very expensive CD transports/players try to eliminate these challenges thru various approaches, but even with lots of money put into engineering this doesn't solve the problem 100%. On the other hand, reading data from HDD is error free and there are no moving parts and much less vibration, so a HDD does the same job at much lower cost. Obviously not every computer audio setup is the same and the results may be different, but in general HDDs are better.

No moving parts in a hard disk? You are sadly misinformed.

 

I don't think I was misinformed, please go back to me post where I said 'much less vibration', I fact an SSD has no moving parts at all, and laptor sized 2.5 HDDs are almost silent and vibrate just little. Also, an important consideration for computer audio playback is to move HDD away from the transport's chassis, either by externally attaching it or by using network and NAS.

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I don't think I was misinformed, please go back to me post where I said 'much less vibration', I fact an SSD has no moving parts at all, and laptor sized 2.5 HDDs are almost silent and vibrate just little. Also, an important consideration for computer audio playback is to move HDD away from the transport's chassis, either by externally attaching it or by using network and NAS.

 

you are sadly misinformed if you believe that any vibration within a hard drive will have any effect on sound quality.   Don't believe me - try playing back from an external hard drive and start moving the drive around, nudge it, make it vibrate - it will have no effect on the sound whatsoever.  try it.  the worst that will happen is that the music may stop if the heads skip. 

 

 

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dragon76 wrote:

hammill wrote:

dragon76 wrote:

Hard drives do sound better and this is one the key factors of why people are moving from CDs to computer based playback. CD transports are rotating mechanisms that create vibrations which negatively impact sound quality. Also when laser reads a CD it may create errors. Very expensive CD transports/players try to eliminate these challenges thru various approaches, but even with lots of money put into engineering this doesn't solve the problem 100%. On the other hand, reading data from HDD is error free and there are no moving parts and much less vibration, so a HDD does the same job at much lower cost. Obviously not every computer audio setup is the same and the results may be different, but in general HDDs are better.

No moving parts in a hard disk? You are sadly misinformed.

 

I don't think I was misinformed, please go back to me post where I said 'much less vibration', I fact an SSD has no moving parts at all, and laptor sized 2.5 HDDs are almost silent and vibrate just little. Also, an important consideration for computer audio playback is to move HDD away from the transport's chassis, either by externally attaching it or by using network and NAS.

Read your own post " reading data from HDD is error free and there are no moving parts ". You clearly claim that a HDD has no moving parts. This is nonsense . The rest of what you say about SSD disks sounding better is just very unlikely and you provide no evidence.

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Yes rightly so am currenlty using SSD drives.. I for one  let my ears decide for me.. My ears tell me the ssd sounds far better... Simples.

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