The problem is jitter. The way to solve it is to reclock the digital output, or completely redo the digital output stage, upgrade the power supply and replace the clock.
Waynes upgraded power supplies make a world of difference. I have the statement digital/analog mods and the ultimate power supply with the nirvana option. The sound is so good that I sold my reference SACD/CD player and have not looked back.
If you don't want to spend a lot of money, look into the Channel Island Audio VDX-9.0 for the Duet. It retails for $279.00. I'm going to try one in my office system in the next couple of weeks.
I use a little Flipstart UMPC with a couple of 500GB 2.5" hard drives hanging off of it as a music server. I have over 2300 CD's ripped in lossless. You cannot beat the convenience of having all of your CD's instantly accessible. A lot of times I just leave it on random playback, which is a great way to rediscover your collection.
Originally went rca and found the s/q acceptable but not close to my cd player. Switched to digital optical and the sound opened up.Were both of these solutions from the digital out of the SB into an external DAC? When I first read your post, I assumed the initial RCA solution was using the SB's analog outputs.
I don't believe a Squeezebox can replace a high end CD player without expensive modifications, which frankly negate the inexpensive simplicity of the device, IMO.But not the convenience of a music server, which is why you'd get a SB in the first place. eh?
Drubin, the OP wrote in his original post:
Many seem to think the squeezebox is capable of
I'm not one who believes this is true, depending on the high end CD player
Clearly, if convenience is the primary reason for owning a Squeezebox, then
performance equal to a high end CD player may not be necessary.
I purchased my Squeezebox as a secondary, non-reference source, that I
could use primarily to wirelessly stream background music from my computer
located in a room other than our listening room. I use it with the DAC
onboard my APL Denon 3910.
However, I was very surprised at the excellent sound quality of the
Squeezebox's stock analog outputs.
First connection was rca out from sb to the prepro. Even my wife noticed that sq was considerably less than with the cd player (arcam). We then connected the optical out from sb to the Lite dac ah and dac's rca to the pre. Much improved.
Thanks for the recommendations. Will do some checking.
Is there a reclocker for a moderate price that would solve some of the issues?
I am not at the level that the sound needs to rival a $10000 setup but would like to head that direction.
Balancing a h/t with 2 channel is certainly a challenge. If what I need is a new pre that would be fine as long as it moves me in the right direction.