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24bit CD Players, What's the deal?
mccarthyk
post Jan 28 2013, 08:01
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CD players seem pretty outdated nowadays. I even replaced my laptop's CD drive for an SSD - because I download nearly all of my music online, and when I want to rip a CD I just plug a drive into my eSATA port. But I was looking for a CD drive to complete my new stereo setup - which I don't think I am even going to get because I have a turntable for my vinyls and my laptop for everything else...

However, I found that there are a lot of 24bit CD players on ebay that sell for 2 to 5 thousand dollars! As far as I was aware CDs are physically 16bit storage devices. Am I wrong? Are CDs actually 24 bit, or are these multi thousand dollar CD players just complete gimickes?
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LithosZA
post Jan 28 2013, 18:13
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Just for interest sake, what benefit does a volume control give at other levels of the audio chain (like at the DAC)?
I always just change the volume right at the end of the audio chain; usually at the amp.
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Wombat
post Jan 28 2013, 19:31
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QUOTE (LithosZA @ Jan 28 2013, 19:13) *
Just for interest sake, what benefit does a volume control give at other levels of the audio chain (like at the DAC)?
I always just change the volume right at the end of the audio chain; usually at the amp.

Imagine your amp has no volume control that can be changed over remote. Use the build in one then.
In my case i didnīt use a pre-amp since the second CD-Player generation. I always feeded power-amps directly over the exit of a CD-Player and later a DAC.
Now i use the build in 24bit volume of my Network Player feeding 2 monoblocks. No pre-amp needed.
You see i for example did use volume control at the source for a while now.
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