Originally Posted by K Shep
I compared my Arcam FMJ CD17 to a Cary Audio 306 Pro SACD/CD player. The Arcam retails for $1k, while the Cary player retails at $8k. I don't own any SACDs so I only compared redbook discs. Though I could hear a slight difference when, non-level matched, listening the difference was not worth the delta in $ and I don't know that I actually enjoyed the more revealing sound (edge) that was apparent with the Cary product.
Why is iTunes annoying? No matter how you rip a library, there will be some management of the content. Tagging and sorting is a pain in the beginning but once you get used to the process it will become more intuitive.
Grapevine I heard was the CARY digital stuff sure is not like their old triode amps. Loved them. Maybe a bad comparison. Arcam is on my list to find.
iTunes crashed once, confused a bunch of songs, takes forever to come up, forever to play, keeps checking the WEB, and worst of all, I have to boot my computer to use it. QuickTime does seem more stable then Media player, I give them that. Just the concept of streaming applications without a real-time kernel is asking for trouble. So, I would have to set up another computer, leave it booted, spend all the time maintaining the OS just so it can be slower and not as convenient as it is now. Not the least problem is no place to put the system. I don't want a cabled up laptop sitting in my living room.