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Old 31st July 2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Best Option for Sound??? Pick our of these 3... How do you do it?

Hi all,

So, I have 3 ways of listening to music. Before I start setting everything up etc, I just want to know what you would pick.

I get my music by downloading it from different sites and quality is great. Goes from something like 44100khz (1411kbps) 40mb file to as high as 192000khz (5200kbps or something) 180mb FLAC files.

Now ... question is what to do with them for best quality out of my decent home theater.

Option 1.
Take my downloaded FLAC music burn it on regular CD WAV (so that gets downgraded to 44100 I believe) and play CD through my SACD/CD player connected to receiver only for AMPing. So sound gets processed in the CD player (i like this). This would be STEREO ... no sub (sometimes I feel like my speakers give me all I need without the use of a subwoofer)

Option 2.
Place these high quality FLAC files on to USB and play them through a bluray player connected via HDMI cables to Receiver where receiver processes them. Most likely will do a 2.1 system including the sub. (Pure Direct mode on receiver). I am assuming this way 192000 quality won't get downgraded.

Option 3.
Record these files on to a DVD and once again let BlueRay player now play this disk. May sound better than playing files through USB port.

So which one do you think will sound the best??? If not any of the 3 options listed above, is there a better way???

thank you.

P.S. My equipment
A/V Receiver - Denon AVR 4311ci
L/R - Ascend Sierra-1 NrT
Center - Ascend Sierra-1 NrT
Surrounds - Ascend HTM-200
Sub - Rythmik F12
TV - Panasonic TH50PX60U (Plasma)
Blu-ray/DVD - Samsung BD-ES6000
CD Player - Sony C222ES
Power Center - Monster HTS 5100 MKI
Remote - Logitech Harmony One
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Old 31st July 2014, 08:56 PM   #2
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Why not try all three on a few tracks and then YOU can decide?!
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Old 1st August 2014, 07:15 AM   #3
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actually none of the three.
Highest playback quality and convienance/comfort is to store the files on a HDR or Music Server.

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Old 3rd August 2014, 07:19 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Pianist718 View Post
I am assuming this way 192000 quality won't get downgraded.
The quality of outband sound which generally treated as "noise".
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