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'm sure some of you guys have good streaming systems but it's hard to do better than the original format. 

Cziary Benchmark makes dacs not streamers


The streamig device going to the dac really matters wehada few Benchmark mark products teadedi n over the years they were sterile sounding so compared to another cd Player the dac . Might sound thiner




I checked my Amazon orders/returns and I was wrong it was Cambridge streamer I decided to try out for $1200+ and was unimpressed. It didn’t change anything vs conventional ipad.

Once again, If I have to spend eve-even more-more to get descent quality, than I’m right to staying with iPad to Mytek 192 DAC for streaming and listening to CDs as a better media.

Cd rips on local files outperformed both my Mark Levinson #37 and modded PS Audio PerfectWave transports. Over time improvements on network and streams virtually indistinguishable to cd rips. This with over 3500 rips, so wide variety recording variables here.

I'm with @sns -- years ago I spent several weeks comparing, back-to-back, synced and level-matched, CDs against my local rips of the same material.  I was never able to tell a difference.  Then, about three years ago, I added a Qobuz subscription to the mix and ran the same type of comparison again between my material against the same songs on Qobuz with the same results.   

But, as with any piece of equipment in this hobby, different people reach different conclusions.  I like the way my setup sounds and enjoy having 80 million tracks at my fingertips along with the items in my collection that are no longer commercially available (or never were.)  Other people are chasing a different experience. More power to them!