It's like religion...For those who believe, good can come from it - for those that don't, doesn't harm them.
I would just say since it costs so little to experiment, why not give it a try - I think your ears will thank you, and your heart. It has smoother analogue- like heart warming sound - less digital-ish.
You don't have to buy a Plextor burner to try it - just try it on your present Burner, but with a Taiyo Yuden CDr ( less than a quarter for one ).
Burn it with the feurio program ( google search for it - download a working demo for free ), although it will sound even r on a Plextor ULTRAPLEX40TSi that allowes for 1X burning speed.
Burn it on the slowest speed allowed by your player, close all the programs, even the ones running on the background like anti virus ( the little tabls on the bottom right corner ), and leave your computer alone while burning.
You will hear a difference - you don't need golden ears to identify it on a blind test.
Since CDs become scrateched anyway, it's a good idea to have a copy, no?
If you want to use window media player, upgrade to the version 11.
Right mouse click on the "burn" tab on the top, and choose "more options."
Choose burn speed, "slow." I am sorry but I made a mistake about this program doing upconversion. The creative zen mp3 software does it, among others.
The feurio program makes better sounding copies though.
Shy away from quick copying programs like the Nero.
The Mitsui gold CDr actually sounds even better than the Taiyo Yuden, but costs a little more - $1 per one, but they claim it lasts longer - longer than your life time.
For upconverting software, if you buy a creative zen mp3, it comes with it - you can get a small one for under $60 on the Amazon - besides, it is one of the best sounding mp3 now - if you want your music portable. You probably have a friend who has a creative zen - try to burrow the CD and install it.
Burwen Bobcat is a software that claims it can make regular CDs sound like SACD, but it's pricy for a software - $199. You can google search for it.
Some of the sound recording programs also upconverts - even to higher spec. like the Protools program ( but costs $600 with the hardware - mbox ).
If you have mp3 files, you can improve them on EAC (Exact audio copy)program with uncompress function, in the "tools" tab.
I'm so excited about this, because for the first time, I am quite pleased with my system - I cured that upgrade bug, and for peanuts!
I hope it brings this much joy to all who reads this.