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My computer audio playback is exclusively ripped cds to hard drive in wav playback with foobar. Using an idsd DAC. Can any internet streaming services provide comparable audio quality? thank you.

 

Tidal in CD quality.

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To my ear, a ripped cd track always has better, tighter and cleaner bass versus the same track streamed over Tidal. Don't know why. Doesn't make sense, but it's consistent for me.

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To my ear, a ripped cd track always has better, tighter and cleaner bass versus the same track streamed over Tidal. Don't know why. Doesn't make sense, but it's consistent for me.

any opinions regarding differences in quality between a cd played from the optical drive and that same cd played after being ripped to the hard drive?

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To my ear, a ripped cd track always has better, tighter and cleaner bass versus the same track streamed over Tidal. Don't know why. Doesn't make sense, but it's consistent for me.

 

My experience is similar... but I've heard others say differently, as in Tidal is better.

 

any opinions regarding differences in quality between a cd played from the optical drive and that same cd played after being ripped to the hard drive?

 

CD player is better, but most optical drives in computers and laptops don't make for good transports. Ripped to HDD is better, but maybe not by much since most computers are inherently noisy.

 

My 2 cents is to take it out of the PC. Get a NAS or an external HDD and go with anything like Raspberry Pi, Auralic Mini, Intel NUC, etc. Or a 2 PC setup with the main PC in another location and a front end smaller SOC/SBC doing the streaming/playback duties. Noise floor will be hugely improved for one. Also (my personal experience is) better detail, soundstage, dynamic range, etc.

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My computer audio playback is exclusively ripped cds to hard drive in wav playback with foobar. Using an idsd DAC. Can any internet streaming services provide comparable audio quality? thank you.
You should be able to make a direct comparison for yourself with the Foobar2000 player software, Windows computer & external DAC you are currently using.

 

If you install the foo_upnp plugin for Foobar2000, you can then use Foobar as a UPnP/DLNA network music file renderer/streamer. Also, by installing the BubbleUPnP Server helper software on either the same machine or on another computer/NAS on the same network, you should be able to create an OpenHome renderer for the Foobar UPnP/DLNA renderer.

https://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_upnp

BubbleUPnP Server

 

You'll then be able to use the (BubbleUPnP Server created) Foobar OpenHome renderer to stream from either the Tidal or Qobuz online streaming services (CD quality free trials available), via the Linn Kazoo OpenHome controller (Windows version available):

Linn ? Software

 

Incidentally, BubbleUPnP Server & the foo_upnp Fb2k plugin share the same developer, Bubbleguuum.

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