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Willem, as I have said, my domestic situation is such that speakers-any speakers- are out of the question. Because others can hear them!
I listen after 10pm; I live in a terraced house, a wall only separating my room from next door housing young children, not to mention other members of my household sleeping upstairs. So you will see that anything approaching ordinary, let alone realistic ,listening levels is just not possible.
Maybe I should have been a bachelor farmer on a hill farm with no work to do till noon?-lol.
The Res higher than WAV ( lossless cd ), being offered in streaming may well be a waste, but sometime in the future I may well give it a go out of curiosity.
Not curious yourself?
I have a similar set of listening issues, plus some added background noise. Solved most problems inexpensively.
Free audio converter rips cds easily to flac or any other format and also converts files. Pretty intuitive to use. Much easier than exact audio copy.
Musicstreamer on iPad or iPhone will search your local network and discover the music files on the PC. You need to know computer name, user name and password but nothing more complex. Musicstreamer will store the passwords etc. so only necessary once. Musicstreamer shows Album artwork, allows playlists etc. if needed. Then use iPad as music player via external dac and phones
Filebrowser on iPad works similarly and can be used to view digital booklets stored with the music files as well as organising files. It has a built in FLAC player but is not as comprehensive as Musicstreamer.
I stream music in 320 MP3 from Qobuz at £10 per month. This is pretty good quality. When I have established a firm favourite I buy it in CD quality. I can then stream it from Qobuz at CD quality. I also download it to laptop and backup disk and can then play it via Musicstreamer. I do this because I am not convinced about the long term financial viability of streaming providers and do not want to pay a CD level subscription for years and then find my whole investment vanishing without trace or charges shooting up.
MP3 at 320 kbps is surprisingly good. I think I prefer CD quality for a few recordings (mainly violin and cello concertos) but it may just be placebo effect. Hi res seems pointless for me.
I plan to add a network disk plugged into my router so that I can play music without switching on the PC and so that i can acess my music from anywhere via internet.
I tried a lot of phones - mostly closed due to external noise issues. Best of all was Audeze LCD XC which were fantastic but ridiculously far outside my budget. Finally purchased AKG550 which sounded very good - especially now they are much reduced in price.
i know it’s a bit of a old post, but did you finally buy some hi end headphones, and what did you get and are you happy with them?
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