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16 bit audio can not exceed 96db signal to noise ratio.
While I defy you to hear a 96db SNR, since most of us have age or environment related hearing loss. Those are the facts.
Specs are specs, and that spec about CD-audio 116db snr is pretty blatantly false.
A red book CD is 16 bit 44.1khz.
And no SACD? Why not? The only cool thing about this is that it has digital outs, so you aren't locked into the DA converters that come with it.
All the talk of little arms and vibration dampening leaves me wondering. What is it's clock technology?
Vibration of optical discs may induce jitter in the data stream. However the error correcting that all optical disc players use to mitigate problems with dust and fingerprints should also mitigate vibration problems. It basically holds the digital audio in a buffer and reads things more than once to be sure. (there are more complicated things happening as well but that is one tactic). So what really matters is how solid the clock is when reading out the digital audio stream to the DA converter. If there is excess jitter in the clock, the audio will be edgy and harsh.
I'd buy this for $125 but $400+? lol
Ripping a CD once with Exact Audio Copy (and a cheap USB-based ROM reader) makes a hell of a lot more sense than dropping all this cash on vibration snake-oil.
Noise shaping can achieve a perceived SNR of up to 120dB with 16 bits. Besides, the unit supports 24bit playback and DSD.
You've confused dynamic range with signal to noise ratio. And while you are accurate that dynamic range of 16 bit redbook is 96db, with dither that theoretical maximum is 120db. So the remainder of your assertions are a little off target and not fully accurate. This does support dsd files ripped and then burned to disc but that is a bit of an odd implementation.