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Does playing a CD in drive w/o ripping compromise quality?

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Hi,

 

Because of my limited drive space on my PC, I would like to know if simply inserting a CD into my PC's disc drive and playing it without ripping it to my HDD would cause loss of audio quality.  I have a decent 24 bit sound card and a pair of HD 598's, in case anybody was wondering.

 

Thanks guys

post #2 of 3
It should not compromise quality. While you can get hyper-technical about PC disc drives not having the same error checking that a stand alone cd player might have, the differences would likely be incredibly small if they existed at all. Same goes for jitter vs. the hard drive as a source etc.

In the end, only you would be the judge of what differences there are. I would have no problem listening to cds from the disc drive if I was out of drive space.
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Was it played / ripped, remember that CD/DVD/BlueRay drive you normally use with computers does not de-emphasize when needed but as http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Pre-emphasis states, pre-emphasizing is not commonly used and some software can handle this automatically.


Edited by jiiteepee - 5/2/14 at 2:44am
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