Originally Posted by krabapple
If these are real audible differences, then something is wrong with either your comparison method (e.g, not blind, not level-matched, DSP n effect on one but not both), or your setup (something broken, grossly mismatched, or badly designed on purpose)
sorry man, wish it was that simple :
jriver mediacenter running wasapi to my dac.
i use the same file twice, one on a internal esata hard drive, one on a usb stick, in the same playlist, and today my wife was toggling while i was blind and i could say wich was wich...
i don't seem to be alone on this matter, and i also tend to say that on the usb stick, it sounds a little better, the most noticable difference lies in the bass though, this is what makes me spot it, the bass from usb is better then from hdd.
i have in no way any idea if there is a mistake in my system, but generally when a hard disk fails it doesn't work at all, same for usb, so beats me