I’m the one who began a “Am I Missing Something?” thread here a month ago, puzzled that I actually slightly preferred playing CDs through my PWT>Cambridge 840 cdp than with the DS in the mix. Got plenty of great responses, so no need to re-open that subject, BUT since I’m keeping (for now, at least) the DS, I am near-desperate to have some “high res/music download/computer audio” explanations shared – both the HOW-TO and the WHY.
I realize most of you learned by studying, trial and error, etc., but after reading just enough to reach full-on brain cramp, I’m too confused to move ahead. Here are several questions that have me stumped; please feel free to chime-in on any or all:
First, basic question: For those of you who ripped tons of CDs to hard drives, did you do it to . . .
1) Save valuable shelf space in your living area? 2) Manage your CD library more easily/effectively? 3) Improve the audio quality of that music?
#1 and 2 are NOT important to me, so I won’t even consider moving on this unless convinced that sound quality is enhanced. (And yes, I have burned a few CDRs, but can’t discern much differences when comparing to originals.)
IF #3 gets a few votes here, will someone be kind enough to tell me whether there’s a better (sonically) way than through iTunes?
Next question: Most DACs these days upsample to 24/96 or beyond; when considering a downloaded file from, say, HD Tracks, how is a sound engineer’s up sampling of an original studio file any different than my DAC doing it? I don’t care to know the science here, just the end results. So, is a high res download of a song recorded 20 years ago, maybe on analogue tape, better than what up sampling at the playback end can do? Lots? Worth my learning more about how-to?
Ok, time to adjourn Audio 1A for now. Thanks for whatever responses you care to share, and I may be back for more (you’ve been warned).
PS: I still have the DirectStream mainly because I’m fascinated by its elegant upgradability. Don’t want to miss what Ted/Paul may have up their sleeves down the audio road . . .