In the 1980's, people spoke of experiencing "no air" and "aggression"
while listening to digital recordings.
Today we understand the principles which are fundamental to this phenomenon, we name it Jitter, we test it, calculate it and dress it with numbers, systemize it and describe it entirely. Jitter has always been and still is the worst enemy of the digital audio format. And today it is understood.
Fact: Digital audio data is 'just' 0's and 1's. There may be many formats (.wav, .aif, CD-audio) but the information is still digital. There is no loss during format conversion, provided the formats don't utilize compression.
Fact: Copying CD's (if they aren't damaged physically) is a lossless procedure. You can extract CD-audio with your computer and generate a file on your hard disk. Compare this file with the file created when you extract the same audio using a ₹20 Lakh player, the resulting two files are identical.
The question which naturally arises out of this paradox is: why does the ₹20 Lakh player sound better?
Before we answer that question, let us first understand that at the Digital Out of a ₹5000 rupee CD-player we have the same 1's and 0's as we do in the ₹20 Lakh player. The only difference is in the Jitter content. Jitter only means that the data (the 1's and the 0's) is not perfectly time-aligned, but is transmitted either slightly earlier or later than it should be in the ideal case. However, this time flaw is not as great as to cause a digital error (data fallout).
While companies throw ever more sophisticated military-grade digital processing at CD in an effort to achieve perfect measurements and make it sound acceptable, Audio Note is suggesting that far from being the solution, processing is actually the problem. This will astonish many people, but we have done a lot of work in this area and we cannot with any consistency say that more or less jitter makes any difference to how a transport sounds. What always does make a difference to how it sounds is if you try to correct measurable jitter by re-clocking and other methods. Sometimes you lose bass, sometimes it just sounds harsh and clinical, but it always sounds worse. You lose the sense of organism in the music.”
We present you the best way to do it. A separate CD Transport connected to a DA Converter provides the best possible solution for CD playback. Period.