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Howard Darwen
2004-08-10, 12:41
as a guess the DAC in your CD is probably better than the one in SB ...
unless you were using the same DAC ???

ripping speed should not have anything to do with it ... though if you're
looking for audio perfection why not rip with error correction? won't make a
difference to the dynamics of the sound, but should remove any audio
artefacts on old CDs.

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Ken Hokugo
Sent: 10 August 2004 20:05
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Wired or Wireless?


Hello,

I have been enjoying Squeezebox ("SB") for the past few weeks and been
impressed with its easiness and flexibility. Yesterday, for the first time
since SB purchase, I compared the same CD between SB and my hi-end CD
transport. The CD had been ripped via iTunes in WAV format with USB Plextor
Premium CD-RW drive at its highest speed without "error correction". The PC
is brand-new Dell 8400. SB is wireless. Signal strength is between 50 to
60% (PC is in the next room). The CD is brand new classical piano solo.

Long story short, to my ears, using CD transport sounds more open, dynamic
and detailed. Scoreing the hi-end CD transport at 10, SB sound is, like, 8.
Not surprising (well, sort of...), but is this because (1) wireless signal
is not strong enough? (2) ripping speed is too fast? or (3) something else
(SB parts quality, etc.)?

I will try tonight with a patch cable for wired connection, but has anybody
else done similar comparison? Any opinion on this?

Thanks, as always.

Ken