Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 00:05 UTC
Multimedia, AV "On October 1 1982, Joel's sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was the first commercially released CD album... Which means CDs are 30-years-old today. It's worth noting here that 52nd Street wasn't a new album - it was launched initially in 1978, but it was selected for relaunch on the new digital audio disc, rolling out alongside the first CD player - the Sony CDP-101 - in Japan. But of course, the CD didn't spring up overnight - the road to launch started long before 1982." I'm still 100% CD when it comes to music. The act of physically holding a new album in your hands for the first time and gently placing the disk in the tray can't be matched by pressing a download button behind a computer.
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RE[4]: I don't like cds but
by kurkosdr on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 11:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I don't like cds but"
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"Besides, inside the average PC is one of the most horrible, electrically noisy environments you can get. That's why they usually put them in metal boxes - to screen the rest of the world from their nasty electrical interference. If you really wanted to be seriously audiophilic about your PC, you'd probably want to be using an external Firewire sound card."

If you have a seperate DAC for every device (in plain english, if you are using the noname DAC that's inside each device/computer), instead of driving all sound to a trusted standalone DAC sitting on your rack (using digital connection), then you are doing it wrong. Having a PC for decoding and a seperate DAC is the best option IMO.

PS: And by "DAC" I mean both a stereo one and those 5.1 "home cinema systems". Just make sure you get one of the good ones.

Edited 2012-10-02 11:22 UTC

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