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Could someone please explain to me why reading the audio from a CD through IDE sounds better than the audio cable output of a CD-Rom drive?


I am assuming that set-top CD players do not use the IDE method (why not?). I know that you are reading the data digitally, but then wouldn't that happen with a CD player anyway given it's a digital medium.


I am trying to explain the benfit of a PC for CD playback to friend and can't find the right words.


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In a HTPC it is beneficial to use DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) over the IDE bus to make it possible to rip a flawless copy to archive and also to use the DAC's on your soundcard to render the audio instead of the cheap DAC's that are found in the CD-ROM drives.
 
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