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Old 04-08-2008   #70
wes
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Cool Re: Absolute best source?

Have you ever heard of wav files or apple lossless not Mp3!!!

I suggest you do a blinded experiment and try it out and see if you can hear a difference with CDs. Also check out studio master files ( size are several hundred megabyte per song not 1 or 2 mb) http://www.linnrecords.com/recording...ymphonies.aspx

I did a blinded source comparing with my kids which have much better hearing than adults, using the same music in different format of the same music and song

In order of best to worst:

-DSD SACD, Source Sony XA777ES SACD = Studio Master WAV WMA 24bit 88.2kHz played through iPod and Wadia

- WAV file, Source iPod and Wadia

- Apple Lossless, Source iPod

- CD, Sony XA777ES

- MP3 file with iPod


Equipment used for the test: Test was done both in Stereo and Multichannel

Audio
Speakers:
3 Bower & Wilkins Nautilus 802D (Left, Center, Right)
2 Bower & Wilkins Nautilus 802 (Surround side right, Surround side left)

Subwoofer: JL Audio Fathom F113
Amplifiers: Classé CA-5200 & Classé CA-2100
Surround Sound Processor 7.1: Integra Research RDC-7
Super Audio CD (SACD): Sony XA777ES (http://www.stereophile.com/hirezplayers/491/)
Music Server: iMac

Accessories:
Cables: Speaker cables: Kimber Kable 8TC, Interconnect Wireworld,
Power Conditioner: Furman
Electrical dedicated 20amp line


Dr. wes

Last edited by wes; 04-08-2008 at 09:04 PM..
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