@vee: I have written the response I am copying and pasting below, or something similar, in several threads over the last couple of years. Bottom line, I think a SOTA (not necessarily expensive though) disc spinner in a system otherwise optimized for disc spinning is required to equal or best a SOTA (not necessarily expensive though) intranet streaming system otherwise optimized for streaming.
[Responding to Paul McGowan] "Well…your very own Bridge II card coupled with the DS Sr. and JRiver Media Center has consistently outperformed disc spinning in my system. And, until I added a used DMP to the mix a few months ago, it was generally not even close.
Maybe we have a semantics issue? My note was referring to an Intranet vs, disc spinner situation. I was not comparing streaming from the internet to spinning discs on a good system with high quality DAC and transport.
To date, streaming files from the internet in my system consistently runs a distant third to “intranet streaming”. In order of overall sound quality capability/preference (best to “worst”) my experience has, and continues to be:
- Listening to ripped files and downloaded files from my iMac via JRMedia Center over Wi-Fi to a router, then through galvanic isolation and ethernet cables to the BridgeII/DS Sr. combo.
- Listenting to SACDs and CDs via the PSA DMP and the I2S output through the PSA DS Sr. DAC.*
- Streaming files from the internet via Roon, Qobuz or Tidal over the same system via Bridge card and DS Sr.
As an aside, I also find JRiver Media Center to have an edge over Roon when it comes to sound quality of my personal files being rendered from the iMac.
*Although of late, well recorded SACDs have really shone through with the DMP/DS Sr. (I2S) combo."