Originally Posted by robm321
I've yet to heard a computer source that matches the higher end CD players. That's just been my experience. Maybe there is something to this. I don't know.
That is interesting and I am really wondering why. I am not very experienced either but a simple explanation would be that CD players are meant to stream audio only, so all the interference and that jazz is minimized.
the other twist to the story is though, the fact that there are HD quality music at better resolution that CD, the Standard CD quality is 44.1 kHz, whereas some tracks are avalible at 192 kHz and more typically 96kHz. this would mean that at least in theory CDs dont offer the highest end quality, which has got me puzzled as well.
give me a shout when you figure out the reason for sure!!
Originally Posted by ramicio
Acoustic noise, not electrical noise. You're not going to hear a fan when you have headphones on and are listening to music. Even an old, colder computer like that is going to need a fan of some sort unless you build it without a case and just leave the components sitting on a table or desktop. You'll still need a ceiling fan to get air moving in the room
yes, I was talking about acoustic noise!
trust me, open headphones, listening to opera, classical music (or any genre with moments of silence) and the noise of the fan ruins your musical adventure. I dont listen to very loud volumes either, so the fan noise easily disrupts.
Originally Posted by jasonb
a computer or laptop is a great source when coupled with a nice DAC and amp. my computer setup completely blows my portable player out of the water.
Nice! what DAC are you using?!