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2004-08-10, 13:27
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> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Ken Hokugo
> Sent: 10 August 2004 19:05
> 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?

Ken,

The wireless connection should not make any difference to the sound quality,
as long as it's good enough for playback without any dropouts.

If you get the rip right the SB should sound identical to, if not better
than your CD transport.

I would check two things:

1. Re-rip using EAC to ensure no errors in your .wav file
2. double-check that the audio is being sent to the SB as raw PCM rather
than being transcoded into .mp3

R.
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