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

Paul J.  Stiles, Mtn.  View, CA's picture

Depending on the discs involved, my CD/SACD player gives me sound about as good as my turntable setup and is much easier to use.

James Kontol's picture

I have Ubuntu running MMS and driving a Soundblaster 24/96kHz. I have compared this $50 DAC with $3000 counterparts and could not notice any difference. I have compared it with Roksan turntable and the LP had small improvement, but with hosts of other problems as well (crackling, etc).

djl's picture

With over 14000 songs on my hard drive and my $200 sound card connected to my Theta Pro Prime DAC, it's used a lot! 99.9% of those songs are from the original CDs so they sound better than most of the downloaded versions. Plus, I can hardly find songs I would want to download in the genre I like. Of course, there is some imaging lost in the conversion to MP3 but while working around the house, it's not really noticable. The second most would be the CD/DVD player, also connected to the Theta DAC thru the other digital input.

daryl's picture

I easily spend most of my time listening to vinyl. The only time a digital source is used is when I am in the car. I even sold my Bryston DAC, Wadia iTransport, and CD player because they were getting no use.

Robert Lang's picture

High quality FM tuner means content and convenience.

j.e.n.'s picture

Reimyo CDT-777 transport and Reimyo DAP-777 processor. After listening to records for over fifty years, I took my turntable out of my system about five years ago.

Jim Campbell's picture

DVD player that will do CDs DVDs, output 24/96 digital (we could use more identification of such untis).

knik's picture

Using my Onkyo DX7555 CD player for now—until I buy a good DAC.

Stephen Scharf's picture

Vinyl, baby. I just got a new Michell Gryo SE MkII and a very lightly used SME V for my vinyl! Hoo-wa!

Jonathan Allen's picture

SACD, as a rule.

Daniel's picture

The most-used part of my hi-fi has (in the last year or so) become my laptop/external HDD/USB DAC combination. I still play a fair number of LPs, but any CDs I buy get ripped to the hard drive immediately. The ability to find an album just by typing a word or two, instead of turning my overcrowded listening room upside in the (often futile) search for a disc is a boon. The sound quality via the USB DAC is the clincher, though. My only gripe is that mains noise can occasionally be loud enough to intrude, limiting me to listening sessions based on battery life. Other times, there's little mains noise—do any manufacturers make high-quality, electrically silent laptop power supplies?

ACF's picture

My disc player really and truly sounds superb, just not as superb as my turntable.

Dan's picture

For serious listening, I use the CD, but for background music, i like Galaxie (Continuous music on cable).

Erik Vermeulen's picture

I love vinyl but I love SACD more.

matt's picture

LPs, of course.

FearlessLeader's picture

Other: FM Tuner

Rob Gold's picture

FM radio through my system wins the time race by a wide margin. But when I sit down to really listen, it's LP all the way!

S.  Chapman's picture

I've gotten so that I use my Squeezebox far more than any other source, both for playing lossless audio files and for Internet radio. And since I route the digital output on the Squeezebox through the same external DAC that I use for my disc player, they sound identical, at least to these less-than-golden ears. It's gotten to the point where when I buy a new CD, I rip it first and then listen to it through the SqueezeBox, instead of just playing the disc. As for my expensive LP turntable/phono stage combo, I'm afraid it usually just sits there collecting dust, trumped by the convenience of the music server.

CM's picture

I'm considering buying a vinyl set-up along with a music server set-up as well, but I currently use Red Book CD.

xanthia01@gmail.com's picture

Squeezebox into my Musical Fidelity DAC is almost the exclusive source! Last time I checked, it was 2009!

Ima Believer's picture

All of these media (and storage formats), it/they come and go. Oh, wait. A LP. Gosh. Thinking on that reminds me of DAT, DCC, 3" CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, heh, 8-track—ugh, what next?

R Scofield's picture

Love LPs. However, LPs recorded on the Korg MR 1000 at a sampling rate of 5.2 MHz makes digital sound really good. DSD is the way to go.

Jerry's picture

Often, I just want to listen to the music and am willing to forgo the pleasure of vinyl. That is changing though as I just picked up approximately 2300 LPs for $100. A lot of them are on the way to the local thrift stores, but there are some real treasures also. I have a very forgiving wife who for the short term is overlooking the huge sorting mess in the basement.

Paul Basinski's picture

CDP. I love vinyl, but it's ultimately a pain in the ass to play it. Server? Not yet, maybe never.

Alex's picture

Computer with Benchmark DAC and Audioengine a5 speakers. LP turntable sounds the best, it's my Sunday therapy.

Perry's picture

I can hear CDs anywhere. LPs are a treat!

Toussaint's picture

I also listen a lot to Pandora streaming on my computer. But I don't really consider that my audio system.

selfdivider's picture

Platine Verdier in terrazzo plinth, but my iMod with Ray Samuels SR71A gets a lot of love at my office & on the road.

Rolandas's picture

Vinyl forever

Ray's picture

CD transport