Originally Posted by Chu Gai
What you'll generally find on a subjective level is that as the level differences between players approach zero, it becomes quite hard to tell them apart. ...As to when you say, "If there is no difference there would be no need for companies to sell different things, it has to be a difference, and it has to be detectable."
, please realize that not all measureable differences rise to the level of audibility. In fact, remarkable as our hearing is, we are generally the weakest link and prone to all sorts of errors in judgement which is why controlling the environment is paramount.
Myself, I would set a price point and seeing as you do have some hi-rez, I'd focus on players that can play it all. I'd look for reliability issues, performance considerations (how quickly does it load...will it play my CDR's, mp3's, flac, or whatever...what's the seek time between tracks...do I need some sort of bass management, etc.), how's the remote, connections to my other components, company's reputation (don't look for positive reviews, search using terms like problems, defective, broken, etc.) and other such considerations. Now, I can buy a watch that sync's with an atomic clock...why buy another watch? The audio industry is infamous for creating the tinies of wrinkles, convincing the public it's significant, and then next year making another wrinkle to convince you that you're earlier purchase cannot bring you satisfaction.
It is frustrating, because audio is an industry rife with hyperbole, bogus information, and nutjobs whose saving grace is that they write evocatively.
Hello Chu Gai,
You are right in every word, and I trully agree and believe to what you say.
I think I almost have a decision formed, so I am really thinking of buying a nice HTPC, and try that without any external DAC and using the 2930 for audio (SACD and CDs), and leaving the small 1930 for movies only, even tho I see it as a waste because DVDs are almost dead, and I gave away almost all my dvds.
The reason I want the HTPC, is because it would be a nice way to organize my photos, rip all my cds, maybe even rip some DVDs i cant live without.
And of course the 2930 I will have to buy 3 pairs of cable, I already ordered those with BlueJeans.
My problem is that I usally tend to believe in what I read, thats why I came with the idea of buying an external DAC.
Yes I read the comment about buying better speakers but that will be by the end 2009 or maybe 2010, the 602s3 are brand new, they are less then 1 year old, it was a big investment, and I want to use it for a bit longer before i decide to sell and buy another one.
Anyways, thank you very much for you answers, as always people in the forum are very kind and lovely.
Originally Posted by Ysay
If you think this is frustrating, wait till you make the decision, get the equipment, and then a few days later, have the buyer's remorse.
Just play some Neil Sedaka or Pat Boone CDs and I bet you will not be able to tell what player you're using. They even sound the same on my 8-track player as I recall.
I agree with you, as I said, in my reply to Chu Gai... I will go to the HTPC without the DAC!
Originally Posted by Lordoftherings
I really believe that the Benchmark DAC1 is a top notch performer.
The more I learn about it, the more I realise it's tremendous potential to improve the sound on many systems.
Hi Bob, indeed.. but I think I will save money for speakers, and for now... I will just get the HTPC and a set of cables!
Originally Posted by twitch54
Therefore listen to what mcnarus and geekhd said.......save your $$ for better speakers possibly and room acoustic improvements.
I will, please take your time and read the response I gave to Chu Gai.
However, I see the acoustic treatments as the LAST thing to do, because its very troublesome to do, and I am waiting until I need to re-paint the condo to have it done!
Originally Posted by geekhd
kate, this pretty much sums it up. arnyk, Chu Gai, CharlesJ and mcnarus are posting opinions of reliable quality. Ones like these below would be the opposite end.
As always people in this forum, are extremelly kind, and you all give valid inputs that I take into consideration.
It is great to be part of a group of people with excellent knowledge, and its even greater to be able to learn and exchange ideas with you all!
Thank you very much for the help!
I am really grateful for everything!