What is the source component you use most in your home system?

As we transition from one format to another, some components hang on as our main source of music. What is the source component you use most in your home system?

What is the source component you use most in your home system?
CD player
23% (25 votes)
20% (21 votes)
Media server
13% (14 votes)
DVD-Audio or SACD player
14% (15 votes)
22% (24 votes)
5% (5 votes)
3% (3 votes)
Total votes: 107

george bahrynowski's picture

Turntable for listening to music. All other sources for background musac.

Craig & Chris Ewing's picture

Both my wife and I will listen to any finely recorded music, regardless of format. However, we are not

Colin's picture

I grew up in the CD age, and have yet to get a turntable. I have bought some vinyl, in hopes of getting a table soon.

meestercleef's picture

I use my mass-market dual-tray CD recorder the most because my "audiophile" single-disc SACD player rarely works!!!!

Kostas's picture

Always thr BEST.

Billy Bob's picture

The CD player in any computer is better than any component CD player.

BILL GOFORTH's picture


Dilbert's picture

Until a good universal DVD-A/SACD player comes out that has all the features I want at a price point I can afford, I will be using my current CD setup. Although for exposure to more variety, the tuner gets a pretty good showing.

Alex's picture

A retail soundcard and a bunch of mp3s will never rival the sound of a good CD player, much less a good turntable, but there's so much of it and it's so free! The painful part is people who encode mp3s just poorly enough that it's hell on your ears but just well enough that you're too damn lazy to download another one.

James's picture

My mp3s sound terrible compared to my Rega CD player, but it comes down to an issue of having 3000 songs available at the click of a button instead of having to walk across the room and search through a bunch of CDs for some casual listening.

Tom Warren's picture

By far I use the turntable the most. about 90% of the time on my main system.

Glenn Bennett's picture

In the real world CD still rules.

Chris Kenney, Tampa's picture

While most of my serious listening is SACD/CD, my local NPR and community station has great jazz and classical on while I'm engaged in other activities.

Doktor Kernith's picture

It is sort of sad, but after all these years, pure analog is still the king. And vinyl offers the best variety of music in pure analog.

Jason Lesarge's picture

I listen to my 125dollar analog se-up more than my 800dollar CD player with brass feet (sounds ok tho)

Lightning's picture

Due to other committments, ie not being able to sit and just listen, most of my music listening is done through my DVD player or a cheapo Sony carousel. This accounts for 60-70% of the music played in the house or about 5 hours a day. When I sit down to listen, it's the TT 95% of the time, only using silver discs because that's the only format a peice of music I like is on or available to me.

F Cooper (UK)'s picture

I switched to CD from LP about 15 years ago when I gave away my turntable and record collection. This was a mistake on the one hand because I can't find replacements for all my LPs on CD. On the other hand, there is now so much new music that is never issued on LP. Swings and roundabouts!!

Rich Magnussen's picture

I admitted after three years that the emporer has no clothes in my $50,000 system. I spent a ton of money buying new components and tweaks trying to fix what I discovered was my digital front-end all along.It sucked. After applauding the owner of Aural Symphonics that his AC Cable design made the most meaningful improvement to my system, he commented that the only way to get digital right is to use batteries. So I spent a few months isolating each circuit, removing the rectified AC and applying battery source to the circuits in my Wadia 27ix. With each additional circuit cutover to battery I could quantify distinct improvements to the sound and ultimately the removal of digititous. I also wired my Sigtech and Wadia 270 transport to batteries for even better improvements to my front-end. The AC regenerators made minimal difference. I will stick with CD since I can't utilize my digital room correction with new formats. After 6 years of owning the Wadia, my CDs finally sound really good. I bet if I could measure Jitter and the other parameters Stereophile uses for its measured performance criterea there would be big improvements compared to JAs measured findings. Feel like coming to Connecticut with your test gear?

Larry Kingsley's picture

I have a SACD player, but prefer vinyl. That'ts the missing piece of data. It's NOT what you use most, but what you use most given what you HAVE.

christobal's picture

if it is clearly that many readers love vinyl, why dont you publish more articles and test and resumes about analog?????? christobal

Haim Ronen's picture

In terms of time, the most important source I listen to is my wife. Second is my NAIM cd player, and third is my Linn turntable.

David Hughes's picture

Denon DVD-2900 dvd-audio, sacd combo player to be more specific

Scott Thompson's picture

I use my Sony SCD-1 more than any other source component. Wouldn't you?

Ren's picture

I listen to the radio most of the time,but serious listening is through the CD player or turntable.

Gordon Fox's picture

Sony 9000ES. This is an SACD/CD/DVD component. I use a DAC (Musical Fidelity A324)for CD playback. CDs represent slightly over half of my listening. SACD sound is great.

David C.  Fields's picture

I have a tricked tubie cd player that still can't beat a mmf5/shure v15 combo at $1,1k w/ silver wire, though it costs 3k

Harry Hinkle's picture


audio-sleuth@comcast.net's picture

Table radio, table radio? What, am I the only person who has a real FM tuner? You should try one. WFMT, Public Radio, student stations, ther's more out there than pop crap.

Jerry Zelesnikar's picture

We also use our HD Radio and consider it"'important." It has eliminated the multipath problems our analog tuner is not cabable of handling.

Tonko Papic Fernandez's picture

In 1984 I bought a CD player and I sold my turntable and all my LPs! The LP is dead, I said. Now I have a new turntable, an Ortofon cartridge, and hundreds of LPs. Ninety-five per cent of the time I use the turntable as source of sound. Real sound. I also have a very good Marantz CD player and a Yamaha SACD player, but the sound of the good old vinyl is more natural.