OK, I finished the follow-up testing to the CD vs. Streaming post I made. In the first tests, I had come to the conclusion that the Streaming provided a wider and deeper soundstage, but that the sound was a bit soft, and that the CDs sound was more crisp and detailed (accurate).
BTW, I used Flac files (ripped with EAC, verified with Accu-rip) streamed via the AVP. I compared this to CDs played on my Denon 3930ci player, connected via Denon Link. All test were run in Direct Mode.
The group had some good suggestions requiring follow-up tests.
1) It was suggested that maybe the streaming was negatively impacting the timing and thus the SQ. It was suggested that I play the same files from a USB drive.
- I tried this, and could not hear any difference in the SQ. I conclude that the SQ via Streaming and direct USB connection is the same.
2) It was suggested that maybe the AVP ahndles WAV files better than Flac files. It was suggested that I rip some WAV files of the same songs, and compare the SQ of the WAV file to Flac file.
- I did this, and to my ears the WAV sounds more defined. I believe Seth came to the same conclusion in his testing. I conclude the Flac Codec in the AVP needs some work. Properly decoded FLAC files should sound the same as WAV files.
For many of this, using WAV files will be a problem for a few reasons.
1) Double the file size.
2) Hard to tag the file itself. This is aproblem for NAS users or those using a direct USB connection.
3) Some people already have FLAC libraries that they use for other devices (i.e IPOD-like devices).
Before we get all wound up, and storm the doors of Denon
, can some other people try some FLAC vs. WAV test to verify if there is indeed an issue?