I've got a question for more experienced members. I have lots of experience with audiophilia in my living room system, but just starting with the computer audio.
I've got a Dell Latitude E6502/Windows 7-64 with the NuForce uDAC-2SE and Sony MDR-7509HD phones. I've noticed something strange:
When I play a higher-res track from a YouTube music video, it sounds better than the same track listening to the real CD spinning in my DVD tray! I've verified this with several tracks I'm very familiar with. How could YouTube sound better than the real CD?
Second, if I RIP the CD to HDD, then play the track, it sounds great, even better than the YouTube stream, and more like I'm familiar with from my main system.
Why wouldn't playing the CD itself, spinning in the DVD tray, sound good? It's thin, fatiguing, and rather tipped up in the upper midrange. At any rate, I never get past playing more than one or two tracks, and I stop it.
Any one else have this experience? Does it mean only music RIP'd to HDD is going to sound good? Since I have 8GB of memory, can one load a whole CD into memory (about 400MB) and play it from there?
Thanks for any advice!