Hi All. I am considering my options for digital equipment upgrades. OTOH, I am happy to keep my 16/44 DAC (my favorite dac bar only one) and find the accompanying transport 2nd hand for cents on the dollar (probably a cashless trade)...in which case, i have committed myself to redbook for more than a few years to come. OTOH, i could trade in the DAC for the one DAC i consider superior, plus cash...which also does hi-res. But then thats the budget for the year...and particularly today, a penny saved is a penny earned.
Is hi-res today a bit of a false dawn when the amount of hi-res out there is so limited compared to Redbook...which is also super-cheap on Amazon?
Is hi-res also a false dawn when many have said the mastering job upfront is more important than the ultimate playback format? (FIM, 2L, Propius, Analogue productions, MFSL remastered CDs are all great examples of how great 16/44 can sound! and i have heard plenty of sacds, and a few 24/96 files sound so-so or not appreciably better.)
How much hi-res do you actually listen to and own compared to 16/44 and do you find it consistently superior? (i spoke with someone who has 50 hi-res albums and he said a number of them were disappointing.)
But i would appreciate hearing from more people as i have not personally done any hi-res buying...since i cannot play it at the moment. thanks!!!