Did you notice....

That even great quality streamer streaming great hi-rez digital format cannot outperform cheap CD-player playing red-book CD or it's only my 'illusion'?


I have had the same experience. CD’s sound better to me, I have a PS audio directstream DAC and a McKintosh CD player.

With streaming you are at the mercy of the services. They can use data compression to get their music streams to fit on the digital pipelines, particularly during periods of heavy usage.

I have vintage Carver Tl3300 CD-player with 1-bit DAC (got one from estate sales), I don't think that this CD-player is of any value, but it brings great sound and music.

I have Tidal streamer and tidal service, but quickly realized that I'm not getting satisfaction as I would get from my Carver player.

I tried Benchmark streamer, but decided to return it for small restocking fee instead of keeping it.