Digital transport limiting?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Rob||Kur||, May 11, 2003.

  1. Rob||Kur||

    Rob||Kur|| Stunt Coordinator

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    This is an upgrade I've delayed far too long. My current system is as follows:

    H/K Signature Series 2.0 Preamp
    Parasound HCA-855A Amp
    B&W DM-602 Mains
    B&W CC6 Center
    KEF Q15 Rears
    Audiosource 15" Sub (with mods, of course)
    Sony 53" Hi-Scan
    Crappy Toshiba 2nd Gen DVD player from 1998

    I've used that as a transport for years. I'm upgrading because of video, obviously, and also a want for DTS.

    My question is this: how will my stereo performance improve? Can a transport really make things sound "harsh", even though it's only transporting 1's and 0's to be decoded by the preamp?

    I've been wondering this for a while. Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. John Royster

    John Royster Screenwriter

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    You'll find that the debate on transports having any impact on sound very strong. Sort of like the debate on cabling.

    So with that being said I'm cautious of providing any insight other than -

    "When I want music I'll use the players analog outputs and is the strongest point in making my decision on a source. Listening and auditioning at home"

    If you really want to improve stereo performance (IMHO) then start looking at a dedicated CD/hi-res player and use the analog outpus. Let a DVD player play DVDs and a CD player play CDs.

    I'll sum up the debate on transports real quick for ya [​IMG]

    "no it doesn't"
    "yes it does"
    "no it doesn't'
    "jitter, yes it does"
    "no it doesn't, DBT"
    "yes it does, jitter, heard it"
    "no it doesn't, DBT"

    repeat ad nausem.[​IMG]
     
  3. Craig_Kg

    Craig_Kg Supporting Actor

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    Also, the difference will be for PCM if at all (I think it does). DD & dts (and MLP) are compressed so the data is totally reclocked on decoding.
     
  4. Rob||Kur||

    Rob||Kur|| Stunt Coordinator

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    Interesting, I find stereo listening to be quite harsh on my system right now, but DD is much more listenable. I guess time will tell. I'm receving a DV-45a within days, followed shortly by new speakers. I should be able to narrow down the culprit a lot easier.
     
  5. MarkO

    MarkO Second Unit

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    Rob,,I actually went through the same dilemma as you. I too have the Sig 2.0. I tried to use my Panny A110 as a CD transport but found it to shrill and tiny sounding. As much as I wanted to save space in my A/V rack I had to squeeze in A dedicated CDP. I ended up with the Cambridge Audio D300se as a transport. Been quite happy with it.
     
  6. Rob||Kur||

    Rob||Kur|| Stunt Coordinator

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    Are you using the Cambridge as a digital transport or are you using the analog outs?
     
  7. MarkO

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    Digital out.
     

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