|do computers produce good quality sound reproduction when used with a good headphone amp and headphones. or is it better to just get a cd deck?
well, i'm just gonna jump in now. i didn't read 4 pages of stuff... so if i make the same points, then ignore me....
but the best computer setups are just as good as the best cd stuff... or even better. i don't know if you realize it, but the majority of the music being made today used a computer somewhere in the signal chain, and a majority of those were recorded almost entirely on a computer.
enter the world of Digidesign Pro Tools, and to a lesser extent, Nuendo, Logic, Cubase, etc... it's all done with a computer now.
so, you think your CD player can beat what people use to record the music in the first place? no. it cannot, logically.
of course, not all music is recorded on computers. but if pros are willing to use computers..... they gotta be pretty darn good, no matter what you argue--whether you think digital is bad, and analog is good... or whatever.... can computers sound as good as a cd player?--YES. they can. good quality?--certainly. better to get a CD deck?--well, it all depends on what you want to spend. if you want a "budget" system, dedicated CD players are clearly better. but you want to spend $500 on a good computer interface with AES/EBU, connect it to a $5000 DAC, all clocked with an ultra-low jitter clock costing $1500... well, you got one hell of a playback system then. just sit back and let the harddrive spin to your dreams.