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Sample Test – CD versus Streaming Audio

Some images don’t need any textual clarification. They just need some nice music! Our goal is to make samples of as many products as possible. Purely because, in our opinion, it can be fun and useful to just listen to equipment. This time: CD versus streaming audio. We put our own sources next to each other to let you experience how it differs from each other. Of course we play on the reference set: the Focal Sopra No1 and the Pass Labs with Bryston combination. Tip: put on a good set of headphones for the best result.


  • Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
  • Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
  • Jacques Loussier – Little Fuge in G Minor

Equipment used:

  • Focal Sopra No1
  • Pass Labs XP-12
  • Bryston 4B SST3
  • Alpha Audio PC
  • Mutec MC3+ USB reclocker
  • Denon DCD-A110 CD player
  • Driade Flow speaker cable
  • Grimm TPR AES digital interlink
  • Grimm TPM interlinks

Used recording equipment.

  • M/S – DPA 4006A – Schoeps MK 8G with CMC6XT
  • Grace M108 microphone pre-amp – DANTE
  • Mutec MC3+ as master-clock
  • Grimm TPR signal cables

Listen CD versus Streaming

Download the lossless samples here

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