Originally Posted by deneb
What's the difference between 'coldly delivering data from point A to B' vs. 'something special'? Do 'special' players deliver digital data differently?
Players don't deliver data anywhere. That's why they're players
Transports deliver data, and therein you have a very strong argument for there being no difference at all, with regard to transports
. But this thread isn't about transports
is it? In case you can't figure that out, the answer is: No, it is not; the thread is about cd players
But players absolutely do differ, measurably and objectively in their quality. That's because PLAYERS, as oppsoed to cd transports or players used as transports via their digital output, have to output an analog waveform. That requires a DAC. DACs perform differently, measurably. The analog output stages are different. That's why CD players do measure differently, and why if those differences are significant enough, they also can become audible.
Suggesting otherwise is ignorance. And that's objective.