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Xbox 360 and CDs

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I have an amp anyway, that's definitely good to keep in mind. Yeah I knew what a headhphone output was just didn't know what controllable referred to.
 
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Unless you get a really basic entry level model it's probable that there will be a headphone jack on the front fascia, with its own volume control. Now many will tell you these headphone outputs are awful and you must have a headphone amplifier, but in my experience most of them work perfectly well.
That's good to know, I have an amp anyway. I knew what a headphone output was just didn't know what you meant by controllable
 
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#24
It probably uses some version of Windows media player that @amirm had a hand in back in the 90’s when he worked for a living ( apparently) ,,

I’d be careful.
Haha yeah I wouldn't be surprised, I'm still not exactly sure if or how that would affect SQ but worth keeping in mind at least.

Listening to some CDs on my 360 and they seem to be sounding great (this is without the D30). However, I don't think I've ever even listened to CDs or FLACs with my headphones so I'm comparing CD SQ to MP3s lol. Not a fair comparison. Everything is so much more clean and dynamic. A CD player is definitely worth keeping in mind.
 

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Hey, I just shared my experience,.
Unfortunately it seems a lot of people here sound like brainwashed. If you are pretty sure that everything sound the same, stop asking people opinions, about audio gear.

Unfortunately a 100$ dac don't sound like 1000$, and a cd player with an ancient dac sounds a lot better than an entry level dac.
As I said get a used cd player, than compare, hopefuly you have not presbycusis, and then get back here..
Which $100 DAC and which $1000 DAC? Which ancient CD player and which entry level DAC?
 

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You are really brainwashed, are you?
Has anyone here have a cd player and a single disc? Just use them..
To do what? Be more specific in your arguments and we’ll be able to have a reasonable discussion about them.
 

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Hello! I hope everyone is doing well. Please let me know if I should modify the title or move the thread to a different area at any time.

I want to start listening to some CDs with my hifi audio setup and was initially thinking I'd use my Xbox 360 to play CDs. Then, I stumbled across this article:

http://www.blog.gartonhill.com/xbox-360-is-not-an-audiophile-music-source/

The author claims the Xbox 360 degrades CD quality because it converts 16 bit 44.1 khz audio to what seems to be the only type of audio it can decode - 16 bit 48 khz. Apparently, bypassing the Xbox 360s built-in DAC will not solve this issue (it is simply digital to digital conversion after all). It seems rather strange that the Xbox 360 would do this. I was wondering, does anyone know why Microsoft would do this? What's the benefit? Also, to what extent will this impact sound quality?I was contemplating buying an external CD drive for my PC, would that be a good solution? Would I even be able to skip/pause CD tracks on PC with an external CD drive?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Have you received your Dac? How does it compare to the xbox cd playing?
 
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#30
The xbox 360 slim had an optical out, so couldn't you just use that as a transport when playing CDs?

I haven't played CDs much since ripping them all to my NAS. But I recall they sounded fine on my original xbox360, and also through the HD-DVD addon drive as well. I still use my PS3 to play SACD once in awhile. The biggest issue with using these consoles to play CDs imo, is the fact they have extremely loud fans.

I have a decent vintage CD player, a Kyocera DA-310cx. I think it sounds worst than flac files through my SMSL SD192 pro.
 
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