Not sure if this is best in Transports or Network section, but I have a serious question…
I don’t have a CD player in my main house system (NAD 7050 network amp, used for streaming throughout the house), nor in my office system (Sprout100 + Mac Roon Core + Turntable).
I have hundreds of CD’s (not thousands tho), and most are ripped to iTunes at 256K (but I’m re-ripping everything as FLAC). I have lots of other files in my library that are purchased iTunes AAC files (for which I don’t have a CD master).
So, question: Is there really any need for a CD player/transport anywhere on the chain? I suppose if a friend came over with a CD that was out of print, and wanted to give it a listen, and I wasn’t going to rip it to my own library, I might need a player. But with Tidal/Roon Lossless FLAC (and MQA), and if I can rip my CDs to lossless FLAC, what need for a transport?