Ok, I've got an arguement going on with a friend regarding digital music and I'd like to get some opinions here. Right now I am using an Onkyo TX-NR900 as a pre/pro and to drive my center/surrounds. One thing that I love about this unit is that am able to use my home LAN to access all my music. What I have done is to copy all of my CD's, with NO compression, to a few large drives. (I use a very high quality program made by Polkisoft that utilizes extensive error checking, etc)
Anyway, he contends that the SQ from the disk cant be as good as the CD. I say that as long as you use a quality program that bits are bits. The CD is digital and so is the information coming off of the drive. Any thoughts on the science here?
On a side note, before doing all of this I did extensive research and found a double blind test that was done with a few hundered audiophiles and some very nice equipment. The result of the test was that even if you do compress music (ie. mp3) that 99% of people can't tell the difference as long as the data rate is 192kbps. (this would not be full mp3 compression) My point is that I have not compressed the music and the data rate is 1.4mbps (same as a CD).
I guess that I am just looking for any thoughts, opinions, or arguements either way.