Besides if I didn't know any dirt about any particular high end player, doesn't mean that there isn't any dirt to be known.
If I remember correctly, some high end players in the beginning to mid 2000's used a cd rom drive...
but I used to build a few with that:http://www.audiodesignguide.com/CDROM_Controller/cd.html
The Parasound CD 1 uses a new method for playing CDs that is based on using a CD ROM drive instead of a conventional CD drive and a Linux-based computer to read and process the CD data.
There is a lot of bull in the article about superior SQ..
“The CD 1 demonstrates that CDs can sound significantly better than anyone has imagined possible,” said Richard Schram, Parasound’s president and founder. “The full potential of the 16-bit CD format is realized for the first time in the CD 1.”
but what they are doing for about 4500$ can be done with a 100$ MoBo, a 200$ Theramaltake Housing, a 170$ M audio 1010lt soundcard, an 100$ PS, a 250$ pioneer bluray rom, a videocard and a wireless adapter for less than a third of the money.
And throw in a couple of 2TB harddrives for ripping your CD collection to flac...with backup.
Edited by kraut - 1/28/13 at 12:04pm