i am thinking a computer with a good dvd drive will outperform top end cdp's? the thing is there is a lot of conversion going on. what do you guys think?
dvd drive vs. hi-end transport
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A DVD in a computer for playing audio CDs?
Yea, that should equal or out do an external stand alone CD player.
Add a nice DAC to your computer.
I have a nice dac usb. I just figured out if I read it to memory it blows away a 10 grand cd player! well, i guess that is a good thing.i am going to sell this cd player. plus usb is way ahead of coax.
come to think of it i think meridian uses the same lite-on dvd drive in their flagship player. spinning it at 40x is obviously going to out do an old school player id think. reading it to memory simply blew it away. i bet high end cdp's have lost all their value. maybe it's a paperweight now. on the other hand the cdp has a more stable transport but the dvd drive needs no error correction. i guess the dvd drive for the win.
well I think I was wrong. more listening reveals to me that the cdp is better through the dac with the proper settings on pcm coax. the dvd drive is superior to the cdp but a computer,especially mine is not the best thing that ever happened to audio. ie, a lot of emi/rf. as far as ripped music in dsd or 32/384 the computer seems somewhat better which is odd. perhaps the problem is reading a cd on the fly even though that drive is better.
that too. asio is pretty good, but it is still compromised. wasapi is seriously compromised. plus just everything the signal has to go through. from the player to the os through the guts of the computer. big signal chain there.add the noise of the psu and frequency of the cpu. the firmware and output section of a good cdp is specifically built for the task of audio reproduction. it does not send emails. I really wanted to think the computer was going to spin cd's better so I had convinced myself. the more I listen, at least my computer is not as good. as far as ripped music I think it is very good at higher resolutions but it is sort of a novelty. the cd player remains the solid choice for now.