I am a 60 year old newbie. Just getting interested in really enjoying music. I have set aside a sum of money to purchase myself a good (hopefully) audio system strictly for music.
That said here is my confusion. A person I met told me that there was no need for me to purchase CD's for my music. That I should get an Ipod and download the music I wished to listen to and run it through the new system I planned to purchase. Or if not an Ipod then download it onto my harddrive, burn a disc and then play it thru my system. He then told me about all the great reasons ( and they seemed legimate and good reasons to me) why the advantage by not buying CD's. I then asked him would the quality of sound be the same. And he said yes.
It worries me if he is wrong for several reasons. One I plan on spending about $5000.00 ( which is a lot of money for me) on the speakers, amp, pre-amp, cable etc. Since that sum of money is a lot for me I would hate to buy a good sound system only to have garbage coming out, figuring the old adage "garbage in, garbage out" is true in audio equipment.
My Questions: 1. Is there a difference in quality of CDs and downloaded music? 2. He stated that what difference there was could not be detected by the human ear. Is that true?