And, in turn, your music collection. So handle with care, and always put the disc back in its case rather than leaving it loose to act as a coaster at your next party. After all, if the maximum information isn't being retrieved from the disc, it's impossible to replace the lost data further down the playback chain. Spending extra money will usually buy you better build and improved sound quality. These will open up use with other digital sources — computer, set-top box, DAB radio — and will give you improved performance across all feeds thanks to the hopefully higher quality digital-to-analogue DAC circuitry.
First things first: make sure you install your player on a proper support to minimise the amount of vibration it has to cope with. Ideally, this would be in the form of an equipment rack. The perfect platform will be rigid, level and low-resonance. While CD players don't show up the effects of vibrations as obviously as, say, turntables , simple things like footfall or even the sound from your speakers - especially at loud volumes - can make the player's data-reading mechanisms work harder, which can affect the sound.
Not convinced? Early on, Gryphon research established that the size, shape and materials employed in spikes can have significant influence on sound quality. Some materials can actually store some of the energy that they are intended to evacuate. Gryphon Atlas spikes create a uni-directional evacuation path between the equipment and the outside world, acting as mechanical diodes, conducting energy in one direction only and effectively blocking it the other way.
Connectivity Gryphon Ethos is fitted with a full array of digital input and output options. The USB socket is fully compatible with a wide variety of digital audio formats. Upsampling and phase inversion indicators are illuminated by LED bars. The battleship build quality, constrained layer damping and carefully engineered mechanical integrity of the Gryphon Ethos eliminate digital noise and interference between the various stages of the player, making it a functionally elegant musical instrument designed solely to preserve the integrity and purity of the original musical event.
With a rare level of precise control, the Gryphon Ethos masters any task you could assign it. Thanks to its finely balanced sound, it will seamlessly fit into any imaginable system configuration. With products like this, the wait for new high-resolution digital media is made immensely easy.
Thanks to its distinctive modular design, Gryphon Ethos is built to keep pace with digital technology as it evolves. Convenient modification of digital circuits by your local authorized Gryphon service centre as upgrades become available will ensure that your Gryphon Ethos remains on the cutting edge of CD playback. Dedication and Devotion Gryphon Ethos plays compact disc. Bullseye on a Moving Target We designed the Ethos integrated CD player to be a moving target in the rapid evolution of digital audio.
Asynchronous Upsampling Gryphon Ethos employs state of the art, user selectable asynchronous sample rate conversion to execute complex mathematical calculations with extreme speed and precision. The Analysis filter sits prior to the ADC and isolates our signal of interest before we sample it. Oversampling is performed at the ADC and then the signal is sent to the digital processing chain that does the filtering and any DSP operations. The upsampler if any sits somewhere between the DSP and filtering.
To get a better idea of what is going on with our original signal when we upsample or oversample, we need to look at it in the frequency domain. That will allow us to see what benefits we gain by going to a higher sample rate. The figure below shows the result of taking our standard audio spectrum that ranges from 20Hz to 20kHz and then increasing its rate by 8x.
Whether we upsample or oversample, the effect on the spectrum of our audio signal is similar. This allows us the use of a very simple analysis filter at the head of our processing chain, the internal digital filters, or the reconstruction filter at the end of the chain. Both the processes of upsampling and oversampling give us this benefit. Without increasing the sample rate, we would need to design a very sharp filter that would have to cutoff at just past 20kHz and be dB down at 22kHz.
Such a filter is not only very difficult and expensive to implement, but may sacrifice some of the audible spectrum in its rolloff. If we examine the spectrum at the increased rate, we can see that the filter can roll off gently well past 22kHz and as long as it is down in the cutoff region at An analog filter with a smooth roll off will have nicer phase characteristics as well.
To demonstrate these benefits, let's take a look at two analog filters: one that must operate at Nyquist, and one that can operate at 64x Nyquist.
The filter that operates at Nyquist, must have a very sharp cutoff and a higher order. Many CDs have been subjected to compression see "loudness wars" that sucked the life out of them. Nothing to do with the technology, just music execs etc. Sheffield Lab makes some good ones among other companies.
The "unsampled" and "digital leaves music behind" arguments are myths espoused by those who do not understand the technologies. Objective measurements, which I realize you may dismiss, clearly show the superiority of digital systems over LPs. CDs can capture much greater dynamic range than LPs and resolve to levels well beyond audibility. And extend bass response essentially to DC. The limitation of most perhaps all stereo systems is the speakers. What you hear is very likely real and I and many others here agree , but it is not due to digital's inferiority, but rather what the music industry has done to the mixes on the CDs.
Wombat Major Contributor Oct 27, Or personal and mind biases. Preference does not necessarily mean better in a profound sense. I also "got back into" records about years ago. IME when people jump back into vinyl they are in the honeymoon period and the downsides haven't really set in yet. It's also easy to knock CDs if you just bought whatever was in front of you with without researching what to buy first. With CDs, as with LPs, everything needs to be taken on a case by case basis.
There are many well mastered CDs out there, and many poorly mastered ones, and yes newer remasters are often horrible though not always. Same deal with records - lots of crappy vinyl out there new and old mastered poorly or pressed poorly or that used an inferior source.
Now, I enjoy both formats and lossless digital files as well but have a realistic view of the technical shortcomings of vinyl. Joined Apr 4, Messages 63 Likes If I may ask, is there any website or source I can visit to hear what imaging artifacts even are?
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