1st I will list all equipment used.
Proceed AVP Preamp
Denon 2910 DVD Player
Lightstar Reference Amplifier
AL-III plus Speakers
JL Fathom Subwoofer F-112
All CarverAudio cables
Exact Audio Copy (EAC) bit for bit ripping software
Acer 8930 laptop to rip the CDs
Acer Home Server to store the files.
Linksys WiFi router to connect everything.
I ripped a few of my favorite CDs that I still had stashed away.
Most of the files that EAC made came out 100% bit for bit perfect.
There were however a few files that were 99.9 or 99.7 due to the CDs being old and scratched pretty badly.
After moving all the newly ripped files from my laptop over to the music server, I started listening.
I went right to tracks I knew really well, played a few of them, and just listened. After about a half hour, I put in the CD, and started to listen to it. I was listening for small nuances that I knew were in the songs and could pinpoint with the ripped file with no problem. I was checking to see if there were being played in the same place in the room.
Then we started switching back and forth while playing the same tracks on both units.
Knowing which source I was listening to, I thought I was hearing slight differences, and was sure I could tell the 2 apart.
Then I did it blind. I started both players, and had Alex switch them back and forth. Blindfolded, I had bo clue which was which... I was basically guessing.
So, the test seems to be EXTREMELY even if you ask me. I will be seriously impressed if anyone can tell me which is which. Not right off the bat, but I'd go as far as letting someone listed to the same tracks NOT blindfolded at first, and then blindfold them, and see if they can tell which source is playing.
After listening myself, I have absolutely no problem what so ever abandoning CDs forever.
Keep in mind, you HAVE to have an original CD in the beginning to rip your files from, or get already ripped files from some other source.
Can't wait to play at CarverFest !!!!!!