I like the audioengine line as well. Fluance makes a nice, elegant iPod stereo for $200.
At around $1KBenchmark DAC1 (I have one)Grace m903Musical Fidelity M1, possibly the new V-DAC mk 2.Below $1k it gets dicey although the V-DAC and DacMagic are worth a shot.But I agree with the above post that better speakers would help.
Remastering does all sorts of things - better converters can mean more resolution, better tape sources can mean more clarity and better high frequencies, better care can mean more judicious use of EQ so one hears the album as intended.
I have an ES 330 and love it. About time to upgrade but it has been a solid car and totally troublefree. Good dealer experience as per usual with Lexus.The car is very well built from engine to paint quality.
44.1 is only adequate to people who have not heard good hirez. There is a wealth of musical information missing CDs even with a perfect recording and mastering.
Hirez sampling adds detail, better instrument timbre and a better soundstage to digital playback.