Well, somethings been going through my mind. When comparing my denon 370 to some of the expensive sources at the WOH tour a few weeks ago, I could easily tell the difference. I know, we are talking about a Meridian vs a denon, but still.
Now, otoh, my mp3s recorded using lame, present insane/extreme, I'm very hard pressed to tell teh difference between mp3 and my denon 370. . .