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High End CD Players - Worth it?
Amadeus
post May 21 2002, 00:49
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I am shopping for a new stereo system and since I really enjoy listening to music, I want this to be a good one.

Now, I came across some really expensive CD players (ie marantz) in the region of U$2000. Since my $100 DVD drive is capable of reading a CD fairly well (think of EAC in secure mode for ripping), I wonder how the high price tag can be justified. As far as I can figure it out, the only expensive bit left in a CD player is the D/A converter. Assuming I already have a fairly decent D/A in my computer....wouldn't I be better off using the PC for playing CDs?
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Annuka
post Jun 14 2002, 23:15
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Thank you all for the many replies on this topic so far.
I understand the logic behing point A. There are so many cables along the wall, however, that I have no idea how to keep them apart. Do you think my speaker cables might be shielded enough? Or would it help to provide some extra shielding by running the power cables in a plastic cable channel?


I don't know how well your speaker cables are shielded. It usually makes sense to keep all cables in _perfect_ order. (You might find Velcro and plastic strips quite useful). If you can keep a distance of a least 7 cm / 3" there shouldn't be much of a problem. Or at least there isn't for me.

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As for point B I lack both, the instruments to measure voltage as the knowledge to fully understand the point ('If this voltage is aligned ... ??? '). Can you please further elaborate on this?


I'd rather not. My understanding of psysics/electronics is limited to high school and that's a decade ago. Maybe someone else can explain the technical aspect.

There's a mention of the phenomenon here:

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Correct or reverse AC polarity on all components, as determined by either multi-meter measurements or through listening. Subtle but telltale improvements in detail and musical cues, perceived as an increase in soundstage and localization information. Music is more real. Depending on the component, you may also notice less grain and grit as a result of a lowered noise floor. Cost: free. Read The Wood Effect by Clark Johnsen for a thorough explanation, or back issues of Positive Feedback. Cost: free.
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http://www.positive-feedback.com/tweaks.htm

Some of the ideas are rather wild, but this one is very old and free.
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- Amadeus   High End CD Players - Worth it?   May 21 2002, 00:49
- - daniel   doh, this cd player is only good if you have match...   Jun 5 2002, 00:06
- - ben   What kind of soundcard do you have? My setup cons...   Jun 6 2002, 00:15
- - Amadeus   It's about where the D/A conversion takes place. I...   Jun 6 2002, 04:13
- - gdougherty   The only way that a Computer is going to sound rem...   Jun 6 2002, 05:48
- - gdougherty   Oh, as for the rest of your setup, I'm personally ...   Jun 6 2002, 06:02
- - JonPike   Lotta good points are getting made here.. it real...   Jun 6 2002, 11:14
- - Pio2001   WHat would be interesting is comparing PC playback...   Jun 6 2002, 12:10
- - KikeG   QUOTE Originally posted by gdougherty Don't skimp...   Jun 6 2002, 12:15
- - Annuka   QUOTE Originally posted by KikeG I'd say that t...   Jun 6 2002, 14:17
- - JonPike   QUOTE Originally posted by Pio2001 WHat would be ...   Jun 7 2002, 04:15
- - JonPike   Forgot to agree about the noisy PC being a problem...   Jun 7 2002, 04:18
- - silver_cpu   I've found that a combination of Winamp, the custo...   Jun 7 2002, 04:38
- - gdougherty   QUOTE Originally posted by Annuka Speaker cables...   Jun 7 2002, 08:12
- - Pio2001   For the best PC power supplies, go for Enermax. Th...   Jun 7 2002, 11:27
- - fewtch   Enermax, Antec, or (REALLY the best) -- PC Power ...   Jun 7 2002, 11:37
- - CiTay   QUOTE Originally posted by fewtch Enermax, Antec,...   Jun 7 2002, 14:12
- - Annuka   QUOTE Originally posted by JonPike Forgot to agre...   Jun 7 2002, 18:09
- - fewtch   QUOTE Originally posted by Annuka PS: Stay away f...   Jun 7 2002, 18:19
- - Annuka   QUOTE Originally posted by fewtch Uhhm, that's a...   Jun 7 2002, 18:24
- - Annuka   QUOTE Originally posted by gdougherty It seems t...   Jun 7 2002, 18:32
- - JensRex   QUOTE PS: Stay away from AMD CPUs if you want a si...   Jun 7 2002, 18:40
- - Annuka   I don't want to start an AMD vs. Intel war. If s...   Jun 7 2002, 18:49
- - JensRex   QUOTE I don't want to start an AMD vs. Intel war.O...   Jun 7 2002, 18:52
- - Pio2001   QUOTE Originally posted by Annuka If someone has ...   Jun 7 2002, 21:34
- - fewtch   QUOTE Originally posted by Pio2001 What about a...   Jun 7 2002, 22:26
- - Pio2001   I let it ran for several monthes like that. No pro...   Jun 8 2002, 00:41
- - CiTay   QUOTE Originally posted by Pio2001 I let it ran f...   Jun 8 2002, 00:57
- - Amadeus   Thank you all for the many replies on this topic s...   Jun 14 2002, 10:43
- - KikeG   Just one comment, the LynxTwo is indeed a (interna...   Jun 14 2002, 12:07
- - Pio2001   QUOTE Originally posted by Amadeus I understand ...   Jun 14 2002, 12:10
- - gdougherty   QUOTE Originally posted by Pio2001 connect the ...   Jun 14 2002, 18:05
- - gdougherty   QUOTE Originally posted by Amadeus Thank you all ...   Jun 14 2002, 18:32
- - Pio2001   QUOTE Originally posted by gdougherty Oh so sudde...   Jun 14 2002, 23:00
- - Annuka   QUOTE Originally posted by Amadeus Thank you all ...   Jun 14 2002, 23:15


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