I am recently thinking upgrade my source components. But I am getting confused with a middle level CD player (like cambrighe 840c) or a decent DAC (like DACMagic or even a Benchmark DAC-1) plus a consumer level CD or DVD player(like sony or LG etc.) with digtal output as a CD transporter.
IMO, a good CD player is a transporter + a good DAC. The transporter section just read digtal signal(1 or 0) from a CD disc, the DAC section is more important that it converts the digtal signal to analog signal. So an entry level CD player's transporter part maybe has not too much different with a high level CD player's transporter part. Am I right?
If I choose the DAC+CD transporter, then I have more setup choice, like I can link my computer to the setup. And maybe I can also save several hundred bucks.
So,finally, my questions is : Could a DACMagic+ a $150 Sony CD player get the same SQ with a Cambrighe 840c?