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serpiko42
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iPod vs. CD Player

For Christmas I received the Marantz iPod docking system. As I have been listening to my iPod through this new toy, I wondered about the sound quality of the iPod playing lossless music (through the Marantz and into my audiophile level system) versus the sound from my cd player. Let me be more specific. I am under the asumption (through things I have read in Stereophile) that cd players are flawed (and that the cd itself is flawed). And, again, I could be wrong, but my understanding is that the flaws come from the mechanics of the cd player when it comes to playback.

So here is my question... Can an iPod playing lossless files through a better than average connection to a HiFi system, rival or even better an entry level cd player because the iPod has less mechanics?

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Re: iPod vs. CD Player

I do not use my IPod for my music system. It is for portable playback of (for me) of wav files. Yes, through a dock it sounds fine. I would say it is comparable line out to a few hundred dollar CD/DCD player. Others may think it is better.

I would much rather listen to CDs through a Music Hall CD 25 ($600) than my Ipod...given the choice. Check the Stereophile Buyers Guide for some great player options.

No, not all cd players and CD are flawed. You need to travel to a local audiophile dealer and listen to some of the $1K CD players being offered today. Remember...Buy right...Buy once. Buy a good one and you will enjoy it for the next ten years+.

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Re: iPod vs. CD Player

Hi. I asked a similar question under the title iPod playing lossless vs CD player.
I also want to know about this, but I haven't received any comments yet.
Did you gain any information about this?

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Re: iPod vs. CD Player

Hi. You say you have both a good cd player and an ipod docked in a marantz dock. Have you tried comparing them as different sources? Did you find any differences? Could you tell them apart? Could you tell us which model of cd player you have?
Thanks.

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Re: iPod vs. CD Player

For me- I pod or I phone is better playing full fat audio but only via a line out cable (lod) as it passes all the noise trickery in the unit and gives plain old unmessed sound!

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Re: iPod vs. CD Player

Depends. Are you comparing the combined digital/analog outputs of the two devices or are you feeding the digital outputs of both devices to the same D/A converter and comparing just the digital differences?

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Re: iPod vs. CD Player

It's certainly possible for an iPod to sound better than an entry level CD player. For best sound from an iPod, bypassing the built-in DAC is the way to go (see Wadia). Playing lossless on an iPod feeding a high quality DAC will give you fantastic sound quality.

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