...or a Mcintosh Vacuum tube amplifier or anything like that,
(just bought my first Grado headphones!!!)
Commercial DVDs are encrypted. Here in the USA, it's illegal to crack the copy protection and we don't discuss how to do that here. Unlike audio CDs, the files on a DVD are regular data files. If you have a non-encrypted or decrypted DVD, you can simply copy the AUDIO_TS (usually empty) and VIDEO_TS folders onto your hard drive, and if there are no errors reported, you have a bit-perfect copy that you can play with DVD-player software! Or, programs like VOB2MPG[/u] (FREE!!!) or Corel Video Studio[/u] (currently $50 USD) can convert the series of VOB files to a single MPEG-2 file without re-encoding the MPEG audio/video data. (You will loose your menus.)Most "DVD copying" programs (including the "illegal" programs that crack encryption) will make a bit-perfect copy. Some have an optional "shrink" feature to re-compress the video to fit on a single-layer DVD, and of course this is lossy. Many "DVD ripping" programs (i.e. Handbrake[/u]) will transcode the audio/video to a different format for use on a portable player, and of course this too is a lossy process.Quote...or a Mcintosh Vacuum tube amplifier or anything like that,Don't be fooled by the "audiophile hype"! Solid state amplifiers can have low noise, low distortion, and flat frequency response. There's no need for expensive 1950s technology unless you like the "warm glow" (and associated energy inefficiency) of tubes, or a particular "tube sound". (I think McIntosh amps are very good, and shouldn't have any characteristic "tube sound"... They should sound exactly like a good solid state amp. BTW - I owned a McIntosh mono tube amp long ago... It was OK, but it was mono and only 30 watts so I gave it away.P.S.Quote(just bought my first Grado headphones!!!) I also own Grados. Unlike amplifiers (which all sound alike once you get above a certain quality level), speakers & heaphones DO all sound different, and it IS worthwhile to get good speakers & headphones.