Originally Posted by SeaNile
I am going to start all over with my music library in an attempt to get the best quality files so they sound good on the new system. I have a couple of questions. I can use either a Mac or PC to rip the CD's and then transfer to the Salk StreamPlayer. What program do you recommend to rip the CD's to the highest quality resolution? Then use mPad and mPod as the remote?
As for connections....I am going to buy a CD/DVD/BR player, to watch movies on in the family room and to listen to a few 5.1 and SACD mixes I have. Should I get the Oppo 105 or the 103? Is the DAC better in the Hegel or the Oppo?
I'm going to connect the StreamPlayer to the Salk via USB? How should I connect the Oppo...digitial/optical?
If I connect the Oppo via analog outs then I am not using the DAC in the Hegel?
Sorry for all the questions. Total digital newbie trying to make my new system as good as possible.
Do not apologize for questions we all started from somewhere and I'd say you're off to a damn good start.
I don't know about MAC stuff only my experience with Windows.
For CDs DBPowerAmp is what I use.
For hi-res I use DVD Audio Extractor and DVDFab Passkey to bypass Blu-ray encryption.
Check out the Computer Audiophile web site for lots of good info.
As far as your Hegel and Salk Streamer all I can say is read the manuals.
Jim Salk is a great guy and will answer any of your questions about his gear.
Generally if you connect a source to a pre-amp etc. via analog, it will bypass the digital circuits but I briefly looked through the Hegel docs and it looks like
analog connections will still use their DAC-Loop circuit.
That Hegel is a really nice integrated amp.
Matched FETs, 10 per channel, a 1KVA power supply and decent capacitance.
Very solid. The Hegel integrated I heard some time ago was excellent.
Definitely not pedestrian gear.