- Feb 15, 2006
- HiFi Trade?
Interesting re. dedicated ripping software. Is iTunes not good for ripping CD's? I've used it for years and played back via an old iPod classic without any noticeable loss of sq.If (and only if) the PC has all the required software to achieve a perfect rip that a dedicated ripper has, then the rip may be identical. My ripper has dBpoweramp, it has access to 3 databases to establish the precise bit count it is looking for and goodness know what else, some requiring a subscription.
OK, let's take it that the PC is loaded with all this software and a perfect rip is on its hard drive. How do you get it off the PC into your audio system? The PC will have a very poor DAC, so forget using that. It will have inferior difital interface connectors (apart mybe from USB) and will be a source of jitter. Best to transfer the file to a proper server to serve your hi-fi. You might as well get a dedicated ripper in the first place that is designed solely for audio. If you are happy with compromises, then OK, but you are likely then to accept compromises all along the way and you end up with mediocre sound. Lots of things can be done with PCs but they are not designed specifically for this purpose.
Re. how to get the music from computer to audio system: the Marantz and Yamaha CD/streamers I mentioned both have a USB input that can be used for external storage devices i.e. a back up hard drive. So, simply back up the file from the computer and use the hard drive to feed the 1's and 0's to the CD streamer.