CD player using digital out: player quality irrelevant?

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  1. ChrisAG

    ChrisAG Supporting Actor

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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?
     
  2. Lee Petty

    Lee Petty Stunt Coordinator

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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.
     
  3. Mike_Ch

    Mike_Ch Stunt Coordinator

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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
     
  4. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

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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.
     
  5. Manuel Delaflor

    Manuel Delaflor Supporting Actor

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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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