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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by anthony_b, Sep 21, 2001.
Is signal to noise ratio important on a CD player ?...What would be a good ratio ?
The signal-to-noise ratio is important on any hi-fi component. Fortunately, it is a spec that CD players have always excelled at. As a reference, a cassette deck without Dolby NR has a relatively low (and noisy) S/N ratio of about 55dB. With Dolby B and C, typical figures are 65 and 75dB respectively. By comparison, most budget CD players easily achieve S/N ratios of 95dB or better.
In short, S/N ratio is important, but virtually a non-issue for CD players.
Wayne A. Pflughaupt
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S/N or SNR is a measure of the analog outputs; dynamic range is another. If you use the CD player as a transport, the SNR is not important.