It has taken me 6 months to finalise my AV system setup the way I want it.
I intend to rip and store all CDs to an External HD.
1.I am disappointed to find that the play back of the ripped FLAC (44.1/16), via USB into Receiver, is not as good as the original CD.
2. My equipment: LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GMA-4020B ripping drive, Cambridge Audio 650BD DVD/CD player, Onkyo TXNR609 Receiver (with USB input having 192/24 DACs but only plays up to 96/24 FLAC files), IMF TLS80 Mk II Transmission Line front speakers, Yamaha surround speakers and sub-woofer.
Q1:Which is the weak link in the rip/playback chain? (a) Ripper drive, (b) EHD/USB output to Receiver or (c) receiver? I would personally discount (c). But I do not have enough knowledge to say which of the other two links. But I have more info of the rip which may point to the right resolution. The track ripped by EAC gives a confidence 2 and ripped by dBpoweramp gives an accuracy of 2. Does this show I may need something like Plextor 230A or similar for ripping to a high accuracy? Or is there another reason? I need to eliminate the cause before I rip all my CDs.
The track used as a test is U2, The Joshua Tree, Where the streets have no name.
Any help will be most appreciated.
Good Music on 2-Channel.
Fight the "loudness" war. Keep dynamic range intact on source material.
In which case I'd say
Seeing as it doesn't sound as good as CD from the CD player I'm guessing the DAC in your receiver isn't as good as the DAC in your CD player.
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