Is 92 decibels (signal to noise ratio) low for a CD player ?

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    Is 92 decibels (signal to noise ratio) low for a CD player ?
    This is one of the specs for the new Onkyo cd changer model 380. Should I look for something a bit higher ?
     
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    Are you sure you read it correctly?
    s/n 92db
    If so, this seems low to me for the Onkyo.. I would expect to see a 100 or better.
    Anyone else have input on this?
     
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    I found it wierd myself. I got it from the crurchfield site.
     
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    Slight mistake...It's actually 96 decibals, still kind of low even compared to the low end sony changers !
     
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    Onkyo's site saids 96db, and Crutcfield's saids 92db ?
     
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    Yes, I think it's pretty low. My 3 year old Parasound CD changer has a 110dB signal to noise ratio.
     
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    Would there be a big audible differance ?
     
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    No!
     
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    Why does 96 dB sound low? 96 dB is the theoretical S/N ratio of a 16-bit digital audio format.
     
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    I tend to disagree that the music won't be affected by the S/N ratio. The lower the noise threshold, the more musical detail, even low level detail, gets through.
    I've been able to hear more detail from very familiar music with the increased S/N ratio of my current CD player. This means I can hear fundamemtal notes from various instruments that I could not hear before. The CD player was the only item changed in the system, and the SPL at the listening position registered exactly the same numbers as before.
    IMHO with my system and music.
    [Edited last by BruceD on September 23, 2001 at 01:42 PM]
    [Edited last by BruceD on September 23, 2001 at 01:44 PM]
     
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    From what I understand, the higher the s/n ratio number is, the cleaner the sound. I'm still puzzled by Onkyo. After downloading the manual from there web site it saids that it's 92db (the signal to noise ratio). I might go with the sony ES model instead (70es changer).
     

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