Buying a NB, instead of an Upsampler, is a very interesting thought as maybe it is time I got with the programme and joined the rest of the 21st century. Indeed, having come to understand the dCS product line as a result of my recent purchases, I might have been better served by getting a Bartok. However, that’s water under the bridge and I’m happy with what I’ve done so far.
As far as the little silver discs becoming an endangered species; as someone whose primary means of listening to music is on vinyl, and who went through the demise of vinyl in the 80’s and 90’s, this all has a very familiar feeling about it. To the extent that I used to rescues other peoples vinyl collections that were in danger of being unceremoniously being disposed of, the same is now happening with CD collections. So, will cd’s be viewed in 20 years in the same light as old vinyl is viewed by some today - who knows?
I will definitely be going down the streaming route, it’s just a matter of when (and maybe it should be now) not if.
With regards to purchasing a dCS Upsampler, having had your very useful input from Pete, the available options in a limited market have been clarified for me. These are a recently serviced gen 2 model; a no service gen 2 model; and, a no service gen 1 model with the DSD upgrade . Options 1 and 2 are similarly priced so that choice between these seems obvious, unless there is significant scope for negotiation on the price of the one without a service. The one of advantage to the Gen 1 model is that I am being offered it on loan without obligation and it would probably be considerably cheaper than the Gen 2 models.
I guess this leaves me with a couple of questions. Given that the Upsamplers are basically computers I would assume that they should be very reliable - is this the case? And, if I purchased a Purcell, and something did go wrong, will dCS service/fix it?