Nova and Bluray player

Hello Experts

Can some one advice, how much of a difference it would make to connect a CD player to my Nova as oppose to using Samsung Bluray player in terms of SQ?

I mostly play music from NAS or Tidal, but also like to use CD's once in a while.

Question is should i continue with the samsung bluray player which i have or should invest in a CD player, if so which should i consider.

 

HifiNewbie

Original Post

The obvious question you're going to be asked is why didn't you buy a Star ?

Putting that aside as you have a Nova, I'd suggest you only need a CD transport - connect it into the Nova's Digital In to use the DAC in the Nova (I think that's possible), or, if it has one, try the digital out on your Samsung into the Nova - it may give better results than expected.

As I don't have experience of recent CD players and transports I can't give you any suggestions - sorry.

I use a Samsung Blu Ray player into my Nova for the vanishingly rare times I want to play a CD (usually when a friend brings one round he wants to hear on my system - all of my CDs are under the spare bed and staying there). It sounds perfectly OK for that use case but I haven't done a direct comparison with anything else, whether streaming or another CD player. 

As Tallguy says, you are only using the transport part (a CD player with a better DAC than your Nova would probably cost more than your Nova!). I would think that a Blu Ray player would have a pretty decent transport so unless you want to spend lots of money I'd be happy with what you have. The only way to find out for sure is to borrow a CD player and try it.

I used a cheap LG Blu Ray as an occasional transport into my superUniti and found it very acceptable in AB testing vs streaming from the NAS in CD quality. Remember a blu ray player has to be able to accurately read at a much higher data rate than CD quality or it wouldn't work! I think you are mainly listening to the DAC.

TallGuy posted:

The obvious question you're going to be asked is why didn't you buy a Star ?

Putting that aside as you have a Nova, I'd suggest you only need a CD transport - connect it into the Nova's Digital In to use the DAC in the Nova (I think that's possible), or, if it has one, try the digital out on your Samsung into the Nova - it may give better results than expected.

As I don't have experience of recent CD players and transports I can't give you any suggestions - sorry.

i have connected Samsung Blu-ray optical out to Nova optical in, is that same?

JedT posted:

I used a cheap LG Blu Ray as an occasional transport into my superUniti and found it very acceptable in AB testing vs streaming from the NAS in CD quality. Remember a blu ray player has to be able to accurately read at a much higher data rate than CD quality or it wouldn't work! I think you are mainly listening to the DAC.

thanks for sharing, how did you connect the blu-ray with SU?

hifinewbie posted:
TallGuy posted:

The obvious question you're going to be asked is why didn't you buy a Star ?

Putting that aside as you have a Nova, I'd suggest you only need a CD transport - connect it into the Nova's Digital In to use the DAC in the Nova (I think that's possible), or, if it has one, try the digital out on your Samsung into the Nova - it may give better results than expected.

As I don't have experience of recent CD players and transports I can't give you any suggestions - sorry.

i have connected Samsung Blu-ray optical out to Nova optical in, is that same?

Yes Does it work ?  If not change my answer to No

ChrisSU posted:

If you like the sound of a particular CD player and enjoy it as an alternative to streaming, I can understand wanting to run multiple sources like this. Otherwise, I would just rip them and stick them in the loft. 

yes, I would like to sometimes listen to CD's and hence want a suggestion to know if it is worth changing anything in my current setup.

TallGuy posted:
hifinewbie posted:
TallGuy posted:

The obvious question you're going to be asked is why didn't you buy a Star ?

Putting that aside as you have a Nova, I'd suggest you only need a CD transport - connect it into the Nova's Digital In to use the DAC in the Nova (I think that's possible), or, if it has one, try the digital out on your Samsung into the Nova - it may give better results than expected.

As I don't have experience of recent CD players and transports I can't give you any suggestions - sorry.

i have connected Samsung Blu-ray optical out to Nova optical in, is that same?

Yes Does it work ?  If not change my answer to No

works!! just was not sure if that's the correct way of doing it.:-) thanks

hifinewbie posted:
JedT posted:

I used a cheap LG Blu Ray as an occasional transport into my superUniti and found it very acceptable in AB testing vs streaming from the NAS in CD quality. Remember a blu ray player has to be able to accurately read at a much higher data rate than CD quality or it wouldn't work! I think you are mainly listening to the DAC.

thanks for sharing, how did you connect the blu-ray with SU?

believe I used the optical input but I am not entirely sure to be honest.

we bought a holiday flat and the bluray was relocated for TV duties. been so happy with NAS and Tidal that I havent replaced it

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