I’ve kept my CDs. Starting to find out it was more than just too many very heavy boxes to deal with, but the actual treasure they once occupied in my mind.
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I ripped all my original CD’s years ago and stored them as FLAC files on a local NAS drive, with backup!
I have a £2000 Lyngdorf CD2 CD player and a £2500 Bricasti M5 Streamer. Playing the Coax output of the Bricasti and the Coax digital output of the CD2 into the same DAC results in the streamed version of the CD compared to the original CD sounding better. So I have better sound from my original CD’s that are now in storage, I have instant access to them all and I have no ugly walls of shelving stuffed with CD’s. I also stream from Qobuz for finding new music and listen to Internet radio with the same fantastic sound quality.
The reason it’s so good is the quality of the Ethernet network components. Ethernet Cables, RFI filters, precision switches are all critical to achieve this, unfortunately it’s not cheap to do it right.
I ripped all my original CD’s years ago and stored them as FLAC files on a local NAS drive, with backup!You did this using "some other cd transport" from it’s digital output to your HD??
Sorry to me there is no way the streamer playing back the HD could be better through the same dac, than just the CD2 as a transport through the same dac.
If anything it should be slightly worse from the HD/streamer.
(unless there’s some wrong with the Lyngdorf CD2 as a transport it’s digital output)
CD > CD/transport? > copied to H/D> Streamer> Dac > system
CD > CD2> Dac> system
You posted this last year.
The CD2 playing the original CD is superior by some way to any of the streaming options. I now use streaming to explore my music collection, playing background music and finding new music on Quobuz. I then buy the CD and play that for a serious deep listen. That is the way to go.
Just look at this, which do you think the streaming company will end up getting 28 years difference for the same CD only the oldest one is uncompressed. Look at the shocking difference in dynamic range!!@georgehifi, thanks for sharing this. In the album details, when it says codec = flac and source = cd, does it mean that the DB measurement is done on files that is ripped from cd to flac format?
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