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At 10:16 AM 2/6/2004 -0500, Dale Francis wrote:
>with the cd having three layers of error correction, getting a player
>which accurately reads the data and transcribes it with a minimum of
>error and coloration from the digital and analogue circuits seems to me
>to be an audio goal.  the cheap players compromise this. saying that
>the "listener" does not need this accuracy is comparable to not washing
>the record before playing or not aligning tape heads because "it really
>doesn't matter."
>Dale

Again, the purpose of the player is critical to its selection. Accurate
reproduction of the CD, particularly in an audio player, can become very
costly for advantages which will be undetectable in some environments and
irrelevant for some listening. If one is using high-end stereo equipment to
audition modern, DDD recordings for assessment and review, the best
equipment is highly desirable. If one is listening for enjoyment to
transfers of acoustically recorded discs through inexpensive headphones, a
player of far less capability will suffice.

That's why there are players on the market costing from a few tens of
dollars to several hundreds. One size does *not* fit all. Fortunately, even
the least costly players are sufficient for many purposes and will not harm
the CDs; in contrast, a cheap LP turntable has no place in any playback
system.


Mike
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