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Topic # 193703 21-Mar-2016 12:07
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Hi just curious about this not too seriously though.
Would a bluray player play cds with an audio quality similar to a standard stand alone cd player?
I know the higher spec cd players would be better and I play cds once in a blue moon, normally use my fiiox5 2 as the source. Im using Cambridge Audio 651a and Wharfedale diamond 10.6 and my bluray player is a panasonic BD60. so entry level gear in the audiophile community but pretty much all I need.
Thanks for your answers in advance.

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  Reply # 1516855 21-Mar-2016 12:48
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There might be a number of "it depends" answers.


As I understand it, if you use a digital output (HDMI or optical) then the amp/receiver is doing the decoding so it's not going to matter whether the transport is a BD or CD player.  But I don't think the 651A has digital inputs, although I'm not really familiar with Cambridge Audio.  If it only has analogue RCA inputs then it might make a difference - I did hear that the analogue output stage is somewhere BD player manufacturers tend to scrimp on the quality, but that was just heresay in an audio/video website forum, not the result of any conclusive research.

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  Reply # 1516857 21-Mar-2016 12:51
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One I had did resampling to 48kHz on audio CD's - and very poorly.



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  Reply # 1516893 21-Mar-2016 13:18
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For your minimal use and associated gear, I wouldn't worry about it - I doubt you would hear much difference. I would however go SPDIF or Digital Coax from the Bluray to the amp if possible as the amp will likely have a better DAC.

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  Reply # 1517133 21-Mar-2016 18:49
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i've done this comparison.


in a stereo music system using the players' analogue outputs;


most mianstream bdps aren't very good at playing music cd's.


a panny bd60 is good for a bdp but the bd80 with its more sophiticated audio stage is better again.


a standalone cdp like a cambridge 640c or 650bd/752bd are much better.



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