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CD player using digital out: player quality irrelevant? (1 Viewer)

ChrisAG

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For two-channel audio, I understand that if you are using the analogue output, the quality of the CD player's internals matters a great deal. However, if the receiver is doing the digital audio conversion, does the quality of the player matter?
 

Lee Petty

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hmm, not real sure but i believe that the cd player then just extracts the data into a digital signal and lets the receiver do all of the processing, so i would say no.
which if you are doing sacd or dvd-a though a dvd player, you must hook up the analog sources to process the sound at the dvd player.
 

Mike_Ch

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This topic has been discussed many many times in the past, and generally, the quality of the transport (the cd/dvd player that you use to output the digital signal) does make a difference. Better build, the use of copper shielding, the design of the ciruitry, the type of transport etc can make a difference to sound. Jitter (the lower the level the better) and other parameters are at play here.

Cheers,
Mike
 

KeithH

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Chris, Mike summed up the situation with transports very well. A common misconception is that all players sound the same when used as transports. Now, the differences between transports may not come through on lower-end or mid-fi systems, but even if your system falls into one of those categories, you should try out different transports.
 

Manuel Delaflor

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Chris,
For two channel enjoyment you should consider this little black box. It acts as a "DAC cleaner". The results are outstanding:
ADE-24
 

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