If I rip all my CD's to flac files do I still need a CD transport?

I'm in the process of ripping all my CDs to .flac files with Exact Audio Copy. If I see a verified rip with no errors, is there any point in considering upgrading my CD player? Would I be better investing is a quality streamer and DAC?


Thanks for the confirmation. To be sure, I have a CD player. It is a Denon Professional DN-300Z. Handy to have in the system, but seldom used. I doubt it is even entry level audiophile quality.  My focus is vinyl anyway. But I still have quite a few CDs. 

With my focus being vinyl my current streamers are real-time Linux based built for purpose computers. My first DAC is also entry level being the SMSL SU-1. It will probably find its final place in my RV's system. It has been helpful as I enter the streamer/DAC space. I have yet to subscribe to a streaming service, but I have been test driving each one. I'll pick one before the end of they year...

@markcasazza , good for you. You do you, and enjoy the journey. I'm a CD player slut, but I am happy you found a way further down the road than I got, so to speak. Have fun!

I have a innuos zenith mk3 streamer which easily rips any CD in 5 minutes or less. However the sound quality of my Jay's cdt2-mk3 CD transport is definitely superior to it, even so they are both connected to the same dac with high quality cables. Meaning no way I'm parting with the CD transport. Obviously we all have different experiences. Hence no answer given here is ever the answer to it all solution. One must figure it out for their specific system and listening room. 




Some folks need to work on their digital front end. After I ripped my CD's on my Zenith 3 the Transport was sold and I never looked back. 

I ripped my CDs to an Innuos Zenith MKII. My CDs sit on the shelf and will likely stay there. I sold my CD player and haven’t looked back.