Thanks for all the detail explanations!
actually i got interested with music quite some times ago, about 4 years back, i bought a walkman for myself, the sony A845, spending much of my saving at that time (17).
i then thought i knew music and 'listening' to music but now only i realised that there are lot lot more things in the music world.
so, being a newbie there are lots of thing would like to clarify.
i would like to ask:-
a) the relationship and output quality between the file format and the music player, as i was being told that i should upgrade my a845, it is outdated should be in recycle bin.. (sad to hear that actually, she is still my baby) but i did not know how to rebut them for as far as i know a better player is to play much more format only. it then lead to the next question, if i did not find it..
b) the costly little monster, astell & kern 240, is it kind of 'reformat' the music file to 192kHz, 24bits? perhaps some explanation to the kHz and bits, i am still in the era of kbps.. i did realise that my .flac is 44.1kHz and 16bits, but i am confused with the spectrum for showing the range until 22kHz only..
c) and then i found out there are some thing called the amplifier, then i was being told that 'with an amplifier, your music sounds better', again, and in my knowledge an amplifier is for headphone with higher ohm which the music player cannot support. if it really makes my music sound better, will it still effective to work together with a powerful music player, eg. the ak240?
PS: much appreciation to direct me to the thread if such topic has been discussed.