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Thanks audioman. Actually I was talking to a guy a few years back and he went to an audio event in Germany. They were going to demo systems and when he broke out CDs everyone laughed. He didn't know why. He said they all had their music on laptops. The idea was that a laptop is already a computer and can process a ton of of information- more than a cd player.
I admit to knowing barely nothing about DACs- but having all the music I want stored without the CDs- that would be a treat. I noticed CD players started giving way to DACs in the classifieds.
I will definately look into that. It made sense years ago with laptops as players and I imagine a DAC (though I don't know much about them) for audio gear would be ideal. Thank you!
Your A3 cd player uses a PCM1716 Delta Sigma d/a convertors, which won’t do full DSD anyway. Your Redbook (pcm) replay collection is compromised compared to a cdp or dac that uses r2r multibit convertors, which convert it "bit perfect".
You could use the A3 as a transport as it has a good quality (Sony KSs-240A) laser transport/mech and get a Schitt Gungnir (with r2r multibit option) or the more expensive Schitt Yggdrasil (r2r multibit) dac.
This way you’ll get the very best from your Redbook (pcm) cd collection, and forget about DSD which to me is a hoax anyway.
Thank you. I'm amazed at how much people know on this site- like the type of transport an A3 has. I hadn't considered that I already have a good transport and could just buy a dac instead of another cd player. It's going to be hard to not just pick up another cd player b/c I'm familiar with those. But I guess it's 2016 and all I really hear about are dacs, I read the Schiit was very good and I believe I'll look for a good dac and give it a try.