First of all, by "transport" I mean a unit that just spins the discs and outputs a DIGITAL signal to an external DAC/AMP combination. The question I am wondering about is whether a $20,000 transport is even *in principle* (forget reality) better than the CD player on my IBM Thinkpad when it comes to putting out a digital signal. Considering that all computer CD players have to be bit-accurate when reading out CDs (otherwise you couldn't do anything with the software on the CD), I am looking for a convincing explanation.
I am not convinced by the often abused "jitter" phenomenon. Jitter only matters when an analog signal is being quantized. Even if there is substantial jitter/noise when reading out a CD, ECC ensures that the bits read out are 100% accurate (otherwise simple CD read tests would fail). Let the wars begin!
Edited by akart - 5/17/13 at 3:02pm