CD Transport vs Music Server

Al M.

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BTW, my CD transport does not have a BNC output. I use an RCA > BNC adapter (comes with the reclocking kit). The DAC does have a BNC input.
 

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Theoretically yes. In fact, I was skeptical about reclockers since the clock inside the DAC does the ultimate job and in mine it is supposed to be excellent. Turns out, the clocking inside the DAC, adjacent to the DAC chip, apparently works better if it gets a better pre-clocked signal to work with.



I preferred AES/EBU from the transport, but it turns out that the BNC that the reclocker works with, in conjunction with the reclocking itself, overall yields a better result. Steve Nugent from Empirical Audio prefers BNC to regular RCA because of less reflections. He has extensively measured it all.
RCA connectors have trouble maintaining 75 Ohm impedance, but they are the current standard. BNC can be 75 Ohms easy. Have you considered getting an RCA to BNC cable for your transport? I always try to reduce the number of contacts in the signal chain, meaning getting rid of any adapters.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll discuss with Steve Nugent.
 
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A raving review of the Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 Transport :


Terry London, the reviewer bought it!
I’ve been fiddling with servers since they became available. I love them, playlists and all.

my latest generation includes a powerful server, ultrarendu, etherregen, lps’s and HQP. It took months to setup, understanding HQP, Roon, rendu, filters, settings, handshakes and even now, wonder if There are better filters to utilize in my setup.

Based upon Terry’s review of the Pro-ject RST-2, I bought one. Took what, 8 months to arrive. Now there’s a bit of a war between the RST-2 and the streamer. My DAC is a Holo May KTE.

I might say that the Transport has the edge on the streamer and I do not yet have a proper cable installed between the DAC and the Transport. The transport feels a bit more alive, open and transparent. But the server a bit more ordered, easy, yet still able deliver beautiful sounding recordings regardless of genre. Strangely, maybe, spinning CD’s again, I find that I listen to more music, music that was forgotten on the CD due to having playlists.

But there are so many variables to consider, as others mentioned, how do you like listening to music.
 

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I’ve been fiddling with servers since they became available. I love them, playlists and all.

my latest generation includes a powerful server, ultrarendu, etherregen, lps’s and HQP. It took months to setup, understanding HQP, Roon, rendu, filters, settings, handshakes and even now, wonder if There are better filters to utilize in my setup.

Based upon Terry’s review of the Pro-ject RST-2, I bought one. Took what, 8 months to arrive. Now there’s a bit of a war between the RST-2 and the streamer. My DAC is a Holo May KTE.

I might say that the Transport has the edge on the streamer and I do not yet have a proper cable installed between the DAC and the Transport. The transport feels a bit more alive, open and transparent. But the server a bit more ordered, easy, yet still able deliver beautiful sounding recordings regardless of genre. Strangely, maybe, spinning CD’s again, I find that I listen to more music, music that was forgotten on the CD due to having playlists.

But there are so many variables to consider, as others mentioned, how do you like listening to music.

I believe that both CDs and servers can play equally good. It's about how much work you put in, and CD is way easier to do right. Big kudos to you for working so hard on your setup. If I were you, I would like for those solutions to sound differently as much as possible to multiply my playback options, but that's up to you obviously :)
 

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...I still have my Luxman D-05u SACD player, although I seldom use it, due to the convenience and quality of streaming.

I deliberately left the D05u pathed to the Luxman c900 control amp and *not* passed into the MSB dac as a transport source.

My thinking was to leave my "old" digital pathway in place so that I would have a baseline/reference, as well as to enjoy that Luxman CD sound, which is excellent.

I actually think the sound from the server set up is better (to me), but it cost a lot of cabbage to create that delta. The sound from a good CDP in a good system is actually very engaging, IMO.
 
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...I still have my Luxman D-05u SACD player, although I seldom use it, due to the convenience and quality of streaming.

I deliberately left the D05u pathed to the Luxman c900 control amp and *not* passed into the MSB dac as a transport source.

My thinking was to leave my "old" digital pathway in place so that I would have a baseline/reference, as well as to enjoy that Luxman CD sound, which is excellent.

I actually think the sound from the server set up is better (to me), but it cost a lot of cabbage to create that delta. The sound from a good CDP in a good system is actually very engaging, IMO.
Well, we have exactly 40 years of experience with playing CDs, while streaming is still fresh. I think it's settling now, we have all the resolution and sampling rate we might need, and now it's up to refine the software, which is the biggest challenge in streaming.
 
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For what it's worth, I have the Simaudio 260D and Mojo Audio EVO DAC. I heard SQ improvement switching connection from SPDIF RCA to AES/EBU. Since I use different brands of digital interconnects for SPDIF RCA and AES/EBU I wasn't sure if the SQ improvement was due to the particular brand cable, or if possibly Sim optimized the AES/EBU connection. I posed the question to Simaudio via email and received a response that the AES/EBU connection is the better option on the transport. I am happy with the Mojo Audio AES/EBU digital cable, but I am going to research digital AES/EBU digital cable options for further improvements.
 
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