Has anyone else noticed differences in SQ between same CD files ripped on different rippers?
My set-up : I rip on a standalone, networked machine and drag the files across my wireless network to live on a Melco unit serving a USB DAC.
My original ripper recently died. I’ve replaced it with latest model. I just compared a few rips made on the mk1 with same rips from same cd’s on new model. There is a clear difference. Those from the mk1 are more natural and deeper detailed than those on the new model; files from latter have less mid range body, high frequencies which are harsher than mk1 at extremes, less sense of recording space. They sound more compressed and are not as relaxing to listen to.
(I notice the kbps on the rips differs between the two units but sometimes by only 1. In any event, the difference is still clear).
Everything in my system makes a sonic difference but I really didn’t expect a change in ripper to have any effect. It’s worth noting but can anyone explain how it can be?