This is my first post, so please bear with me If this has been discussed before (I searched but couldn’t find one), I would appreciate if someone can point me to the thread.
The DS (running Yale) has been great DAC in my system.
Here is what I am trying to figure out - In short, CD playback is far superior and Computer playback. The CD playback creates a lot of
rich harmonics, thicker images and far more depth which are sometimes lost when the same is played through Computer using Async USB (CD rip of lossless flac files). I will come to my setup in a moment but I have tried 192KHz on some albums that were bought from different places, like HDtracks but results are mostly the same. I have ripped some of the CD in wave format but still no luck.
Source - I play CD through Oppo BDP-105 and its connected to DS through a coax using Rivercable digital cable (which is by far from being a audiophile & expensive cable).
Digital files are played using Jriver on CAPs V3 Zuma on a Dual PC JPlay setup running Windows Server 2012 w/ AO running in Core
mode. Both setup are powered using HDplex linear psu. PPA v2 USB card with JCAT dual-head USB cable between the Audio PC and DS. I have tried other playback s/w, like Bughead and Foobar but results are the same. Both the CAPs runs i7 3.2G (but down clocked to 1.6G). Ram is more than sufficient at 16G. So I don’t think the computer lacks CPU processing power or memory and Jriver was setup according to the instructions on this site.
There is no way for me to verify SACD/DSD playback since Oppo won’t output via coax (or for that matter on any digital output). In the meantime, I will try to play the same digital files through Oppo to see how does their CD counterpart sound relatively.
Anybody face similar situation or could take a stab at what could be the issue ?
Thanks in advance.