I have a bit of a cheeky qustion but I would really like to know, especially before spending thousands of dollars on the equipment.
EAC claims to rip a CD exactly. PS Audio claims the PerfectWave transport reveals things in your CD’s that you’ve never heard before. If I was to rip a CD with EAC then store it on something like a USB stick (to keep all things equal, let’s assume it is a small thumb drive and the files ripped from the CD are the only thing on it) and plug it into the DirectStream DAC … wait, a “B” type USB socket? No thumb drives have that. Either I’m missing something or can we only connect external hard disks via the USB input?
Anyway, my main qustion was going to be, if EAC makes an exact rip of my CD, will my CD still sound different when played via the PerfectWave transport if either source (the CD or the files extracted from it) is played back through the DirectStream DAC?