If sound quality and convenience is important to you, then go computer and
DAC. They simply sound better when implemented correctly and carefully.
CD players and transports cannot match the sound of a well set up
computer based front end.
I have heard a slew of great, well respected, well reviewed DAC's and CD
players/transports in my system, in the end here is where computer based
audio wins every time...
- not as flat sounding as a transport/CD player
- more depth and dimension with well executed computer based audio
- helps your speakers disappear with music just playing in air before you
I use my IPad as a remote and can play any song, any album, with a
simple touch of my finger. My goodness this is so nice. All my CD's are put
away and I never have to look for one again. Plus, it sounds better!
Oh yes, the audio world is changing and buckle up as great stuff is here
and coming. I was a big doubter just three months ago of this whole
computer based audio thing. I broke out of my fear and ignorance and
learned first hand how a DAC and computer based audio is in fact the
future. It really does sound better, but like setting up a great turntable and
LP based front end - everything really matters for best sound in computer