Originally Posted by sterling1
Unless we're listening to live, it's recorded to a device and played from the device or copied to some sort of media, like SACD, to play on a device. So, what's the best format/player to enjoy music today? I've been thinking about buying a new Sony 5400ES SACD player that will play multi channel SACD's. Will that kind of source component bring me a more realistic presentation of a live music performance than something else out there: perhaps, a turntable, analog tape deck,, CD player, Bluray player, or computer player?
Well, there is a cult following for vinyl. Many people prefer it to digital music. Some also like reel-to-reel players. Both of them have the advantage that analog methods have theoretically infinite sampling rates. With digital music, if you want top-of-the-line sound, look for stuff either originally recorded in (or ripped from vinyl to) high bit depth and sampling rate-preferably 32 bit, 196 khz. You will need a very high-end DAC to play this music though. If you really, really want top-of-the-line, then jitter is a HUGE concern-lower is better-it is basically whether the individual frequencies are being reproduced as the perfect rate, so the jitter is how far off it can get. The lowest I've ever seen is the Galaxy Clock on the Diamond DACs, which will cost somewhere around $40-$50 THOUSAND dollars.
So top-of-the-line is really, really high.