Audio enthusiasts have always understood that the music source player is the most critical component in a complete hi-fi system.
The songwriters, musicians, record producers, and engineers all work together to convey the meaning of the songs, and bring enjoyment music lovers. Therefore, the source player is a vital component in recreating the original intentions of these music professionals.
The first widely accepted source player was the turntable — with the introduction of CD, a new era was born.
Along with their prized collection of records and carefully crafted turntables, arms and cartridges, audiophiles appreciated the need for the best CD player mechanisms and the most advanced DAC (digital to analog converter) technologies to enjoy the best musical experiences in this digital world.
Compact Discs however are very limited in their capacity to store music — (officially) 74 minutes, although 79 minutes is possible — as well as their single resolution of 16bit / 44.1kHz. This has been the standard for consumers of digital music for more than 30 years.
Today, with the availability of high resolution digital music files, we can now avoid the limitations of the physical CD. For the first time in music history, we have the opportunity to hear the music at the same quality as was produced in the recording studio — without any limitation, just as the artists intended.