Yeah. They're only actually better because the studio engineers use BETTER sounding masters (or remasters) on those releases. I know this b/c I downsample my Hi-Res albums down to 512 kbps AAC, and they STILL sound the same. I've even done ABX tests and failed every time. And my hearing is very good still too. lol Yes........like I got a digital vinyl copy (with all the record scratches digitally removed) of George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass".........a special Japanese "Toshiba Red Vinyl" copy to be exact. It sounds f'ing INCREDIBLE! Now, they had a Hi-Res version of it, but now that version from like 2010 is hard to find b/c a few years ago, Harrison's son decided to remaster the Hi-Res version again, and that replaced the original one. From what I've read of its reviews, he didn't do a very good job. So instead of buying that one, I'll just happily keep mine. lol Yes I did.....................and still do. Initially I used a couple different FiiO amps, then I tried out the Sony Walkman A17 DAP, then the Oppo HA-2 amp/DAC...............but then I started seeing a new trend with smartphones getting better than average amp/DACs put in them, namely by HTC and LG. Got the HTC 10 back in January and LOVED it. The battery life was just alright though, and started getting worse just recently. So I got the LG V30 last week and it's as good if not better on audio, and pretty much better on every other front. I just think it's so much more convenient to have one device (and a portable one too) instead of two. I'm really happy LG and HTC (and Sony too) are offering phones like these. I think if these phones are a success it will make more companies see the importance of having great audio tech on their phones, and therefore they will pour more money into it too. HTC has been struggling, but with Google buying them a few mos ago, I'm hoping that will change things. LG is struggling too, but I think they sell more phones than HTC does at least. Sony is gonna make some big design changes in 2018, so hopefully they can grab a foothold as well because of their reputation and already being a household name (though not for smartphones..........yet lol).