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View Poll Results: If someone made a bit perfect low jitter HDD media source, would you buy it?
Yes, if it sounds better than my PC 76 31.02%
Yes, if it sounds better than my CD player 82 33.47%
No, why would anyone want this? 24 9.80%
Yes, I have been wanting something like this for ages. 99 40.41%
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Old 2nd May 2010, 01:47 AM   #1
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Default Do Audiophiles want a stand alone high end HDD source?

I use my fully optimised CMP + cPlay computer to play back my audio files to my external DAC. It is convenient and sounds as good if not better than any CD player I have ever heard.

However, the computer is bulky.

Ultimately I would prefer to use a stand alone HDD player that allows i2s output and SPDIF.

How many people out there would like there to be a high quality product that does this?
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However, the computer is bulky.
Mac Mini can't be considered bulky.

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Mac Mini can't be considered bulky.

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two problems with this solution:

1./ Its a mac.
2./ cost
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I guess I should have given a few more options in the poll.
I don't think I can add them now can I ?

Computers are great, but,
I would like to keep my computer for email/ work etc, and keep the Hi Fi equipment totally separate. Call me traditional, or perhaps its to do with separating business from pleasure. I still find it hard to relax and listen to music, if a computer is on, I get tempted to check the email etc.

There must be others that feel the same way.
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1./ Its a mac.
It is also PC. It runs Windows (or Linux) natively (altou i'd consider that a downgrade)

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2./ cost
Elegance often has a price.

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I guess what i'm really getting at is my desire to have the convenience of 1 or 2 TB HDD audio player, in a completely separate package that does not in any way look like a computer.

And apart from copying the music from the computer to the HDD, there is absolutely no need for a computer to be on when listening to music.
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I believe that some of the OPPO disk players have a USB port for attaching a HDD. I don't know how the display lists the presumably thousands of tracks on the HDD. Still, a very interesting option that I haven't heard discussed..
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Yes there are various devices around at the moment to which you can attach a HDD. however they are for the most part, not really audiophile quality. Or, the interface leaves much to be desired, or you need cables and external drives hanging out everywhere.

I'm looking for an all in one stand alone solution - with digital outputs so that the user can choose their own DAC to achieve the sonic signature and presentation that the user prefers.
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Olive have also been doing this for a while.

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