How do you listen to CD's?

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  1. Mark Hedges

    Mark Hedges Second Unit

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    I was wondering how people listened to CD music. It seems like there are a number of methods to do so:

    1) Digital feed from DVD/CD transport to reciever
    2) Analog feed from DVD player to reciever
    3) Analog feed from dedicated CD player to reciever (or preamp or integrated amp)

    Then there is the whole question of DPLII/DTS Neo DSP processing.

    Personally I am leaning more towards choice 2, running in analog direct mode (no DSP). It seems kind of strange to me but it seems like my DVD player (Sony DVP-NC655P) does a better job of the A/D conversion than my reciever (Sony DA4ES).

    Mark
     
  2. DanaA

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    I run straight analog via a dedicated CD player to my pre-pro. The reason: It sounds better with my equipment. Other than the original comparing, I've always done it this way, other than occasionally to use the pre-pros HDCD processing. I guess use my Denon 1600 DVD player to play CD's using that format, but I haven't tried that yet. Hey, you gave me something to try out today. [​IMG]
     
  3. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    I also run straight analog, in my case from the 5.1 analog outputs of my Sony 555ES SACD/CD player to the 5.1 analog inputs of my Pioneer Elite 47TX receiver. This bypasses all processing in the receiver. I use this signal path for redbook CD, two-channel SACD and multi-channel SACD playback. I find the DACs in the Sony CD player superior to those in the Elite receiver for redbook CD playback.

    I did connect the digital optical input/output, but only for comparison and for those few DTS 5.1 CDs that I own (I already had the cable from my old CD player, so there was no expense to do this).
     
  4. Leo

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    I normally listen to the 2 Channel out on my Sony SCD-C222ES to a Grado RA-1 headphone amp using Grado SR-225 headphones. I listen for about an hour to 2 hours on any given day.

    When I want to share the music is listen to my CD/SACD's on the Pioneer Elite DV-45A in my home theater setup. Sometimes I'll do multi-channel (depends on the recording) but most times it's just play 2 channel via the Marantz MA500 and PSB Image 4T's.
     
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    I also run a straight analog feed from my Sony C555ES. It has a better DAC than my receiver, I guess. For whatever reason, it sounds better on my system
     
  6. Cliff Olson

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    CDP to pre/pro via digital coax. DSP on my Lexicon for simulated surround. I am now a FIRM believer, after years of shunning DSP! It just took some time to set it up *right*. 2 channel stereo is plain "flat" on my system.
     
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    I have a few options going here. For multi disc play, I use a Yamaha CDC-685 and I have it hooked up both analog and optical to an Elite 45TX. Now, it seems to me that although not as a pure of a sound when using the optical, it is louder, which works great for parties and cranking music throughout the house using the 685. I've alos done some A/B testing via analog hookups between the 685 and a Denon DCM-370, and actually preferred the sound of the 685. Now, for critical listening, I also have an Elite DV45A hooked up every way possible (5.1 ch, digital, analog) to the 45TX, and use the DF45A for some sweet CD sound. It's all about options...
     
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    Analog from 14 year old Sony CD player. Source Direct on my receiver with subwoofer crossed over at 50 hz.
     
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  10. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

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    When my CD player's DACs were superior to my receiver's DACs I ran analog into the receiver. Now that I've upgraded to the NAD T762 I use an optical out from my Sony CD Changer (about 3 years old) to my T762.

    Also, my T762 does HDCD decoding (player does not) and bass management is set to 60hz (all other tone and DSP controls are set to off).
     
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    A digital coax connection from my SCD555ES to my Lex.
     
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    I'm using a Pioneer DV-434 with Modwright Level 1 Transport modification and a digital connection to a Perpetual Technologies P-3A DAC. Then I use analog interconnects to my stereo preamp.
     
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    Cambridge Audio D500SE straight analog to the Simaudio Moon I-5 to a pair of ESS Performance series speakers. Soon to be Totem Forests [​IMG]
     
  15. JamesHl

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    Hey Carlo, are you CarloM from AVS?

    Anyhow, I guess I'm probably in the minority but I just use my dvd player to play cds, it's hooked up through my digital coax...

    It's odd to find how many titles that I have which are HDCD and not labelled as such.
     
  16. Scott_N

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    I listen to CD's using the analog outputs on my Cary 308T to my preamp in my 2-channel system.
     

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