After years of thinking the DAC’s inside a CD player were good enough, I’ve completely fallen in love with the idea of how the DirectStream DAC converts and have decided I want one. Admittedly, however, at the current price it will take me two-or-three years to save enough money to get one - possibly longer!
This means that I would love to avoid buying a CD transport and instead using one of my current players instead. So my question is, really: Given the three choices I have, which would you say would be the better transport? Choices are a Denon DCD-500AE CD player (2007) (Optical digital out), a Philips CDR-778 “dual deck” CD recorder (2004, I think) (Coaxial digital out) or a Pioner BDP-160 BluRay player (2014) (Optical digital out) - The Pioneer does play SACD’s and, of course, has a HDMI out so would it be good for the I²S input or does it just do PCM and video?
Alternatively, in my household, we have ripped most of our CD’s to FLAC files. Would this make a better “transport” and, if so, what program would feed the FLAC’s out to the DAC via the USB? Note: Windows, but I don’t use iTunes. Ever.
Ha! I just noticed that the term I²S looks like the letters PS. Maybe that’s why he (Paul) likes it so much!