Recording to Hard Disk…..tech questions re Sound Quality

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  1. Tice

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    I’m sure these may seem like imbecilic questions but………

    My Yamaha HD CDR 1500 can record from CD to the hard disk in three ways I’m aware of :

    1. Copying from the machine’s CD player. It does this at 10x normal speed.
    2. Copying from another CD player using an optical or coaxial lead.
    3. Copying from another CD player through an amplifier and analogue input.

    Will the sound quality be significantly different between the first two methods dependent on the quality of the independent CD player or is it just a matter of 1s and 0s being copied directly onto the HD without any impart of “character”?

    Assuming a good quality CD player, is it a better alternative to record using a top quality amp via the analogue input or is the extra level of D/A conversion a disadvantage.
     
  2. KJ Palmer

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    1 and 2 should be equivalent, perhaps some audio/tech specialists may argue that some error detection/correction won't be as rigorous at the higher speeds. You can always copy at 1x speed if you prefer or have a dodgy disc. At any rate I can't any difference on my HD1300, and the extra speed, trackmarking and name copying (if available) all make the extra convenience worth it.

    If you use analogue copying, things will be different, including recording analogue hiss. I'd keep it all in the digital domain if possible.
     
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    A direct digital transfer would represent the most logical(!) method,assuming a good quality transport,as it involves the least amount of conversion,if using an external source,but copying direct to disk using the machine itself should also be fine.
     

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