I'll check if DAC1's are at a local shop. I am happy with my "good thing" and certainly would like to add more goodness. I read that initially CD recordings got off to a bad start and Wadia in particular, developed a different computer program to process Red Book signals to help make up for the lack of fuller resolution.
Meridian, I have read, is chosen to be used at shows by more companies as the digital front end than any other brand.
And, computer based front ends are getting alot of attention - and advertising promotion dollars.
After much reading, this is the purpose for my post. I was considering one of those two for Red Book CD's. Although music through the Proceed does sound very, very nice, especially in 2-Channel and a proprietory L/R Surround mode, HDCD's definately have a better sound quality. I was hoping Wadia or Meridian may help deliver better musical processing to Red Book CD's.