I can hardly read your post Steve. Is this what lawyers do to to make sure no one reads the fine print???
I will comment on the bits I did read.
Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky I saw something about using Korg Audiogate to rip/convert audio from SACDshttp://www.korguser.net/audiogate/en/index.html I glanced at the website and says you can use software if you sign up on the Twitter account. This sounds too good to be true? Is it? Is there any way to easily rip stereo SACDs to hi rez PCM on a PC?
I would ask Bruce Brown about that. He is the expert in SACD rips. And yes, there is conversion software but you need to look at what it does in that process with respect to noise shaping that is used in SACD. See example here: http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showth...-Weiss-Saracon
Its easier for me to simply rip music to my Toshiba notebook’s built-in hard drive initially.
Then copy to external USB drive. But if I do this in this manner, is there an accuracy/jitter problem with the copy on the external USB drive? Or should I rip direct to an external USB drive connected via USB cable to my notebook? Or is there a special program to copy media files from my notebook to an external USB drive?
No problem at all. Files are staying in digital domain in this scenario and you can copy them around freely with zero degradation. Use whatever is convenient.
An Absolute Sound Review noted that sonics were better using the BNC, rather than the AES/EBU, output from the Bryston BDP-1. Any comments or suggestions in this regard?
These things are crap shoots and highly depending on your specific configuration. I would try both and at any rate, would not put much weight on the subjective review of TAS. Measurements are necessary here to know which one is superior.
In case of BNC, do you have that on the output of your source? If not, then conversion to and from RCA will introduce issues. My experience in general is that AES/EBU is superior.
For years I’ve been happy using Granite Audio RCA coaxial digital cables 2M. Amir has mentioned that lengths less than 2M will have digital reflections/jitter problems. I need to get a new BNC to BNC coaxial digital cable for the BDP-1. Any suggestions? What if I use bnc-rca adapters, which I have from Radio Shack, will using the adapters have any effect on sound quality?
Oh, so you do have RCA. If you have AES/EBU, I would definitely go with that option.
External USB Drives:
I read in one review that although USB thumb drives are useful, that the reviewer subjectively felt that the external USB hard drive sounded better than the USB thumb drive. Comments in this regard?
Another crap shoot. Also, you have to consider if all of your music fits on a thumb drive. Mine is hundreds of gigabytes so I go with hard disk. If yours less, then my preference is for flash thumbdrive.
And is there any special software to use to make/copy/rip a backup USB hard drive of my media files?
Per above, you don't need anything special. Just your operating systems copy method to move the files around.