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    Default The Absolute Sound's 4 part article on computer music audio quality

    The Absolute Sound magazine is running a 4 part article exploring computer music audio quality. It covers what programs sound best, what programs produce the best sounding rips, upconversion, the peculiarites of FLAC, and tweaks to make a computer music rig sound better. The articles use both scientific and objective testing and results.

    The December issue contains part 1 and the January issue part 2. They are almost essential reading for anyone running a computer based music server.

    Is anyone else here following this most excellent series? If not, I strongly reccomend this to anyone with any interest in this area.
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    I've been checking it out. The best people to benefit from the knowledge would be the folks that say digital media always sucks and cannot possibly sound good. I doubt they will so it will continue to just be ignored and a non-argument.

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    Since I got my W4S DAC2 I have learned a lot, and it sounds great and the convenience it a big plus!!

    I'm sold on it, with that said I still love playing vinyl. My CD's have been taking a back seat..

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    Nice. Thanks for the heads up. I *think* I have a pretty good handle on my PC rig, but I'm always interested in ways to make it better.


    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's


    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    I am going to assume you need to be a subscribing member to view it? If not please post a link as I am MOST interested in reading to make sure I am maximizing my setup with what I have now....

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    The best way to improve your rig Mike is to get a turntable. Digital audio is the lazy way.

    When we move into a home of our own again, I will be looking at servers and such for a whole-house setup, but it will never take the place of my vinyl rig. I will be following the articles with great interest.
    HT Setup... Pioneer Elite SC-37, Polk Audio SDA-SRS 1.2TL's , Oppo BDP 93
    Two Channel... Carver Statement 450~1 Vacuum Tube Monoblocks, Dodd Mid-line Tube Linestage with Psvane 12Ax7 tubes, Pioneer Pdd 9Mk II SACD Player, Yamaha PX-3 Turntable with Sumiko BPS EvoIII, Polk Audio SDA-SRS 1.2TLs.

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