There are a few high resolution digital formats around that could have or maybe should have displaced compact disc as the format of choice for digitally-stored music. DVD-Audio, SACD, 24/96 DVD-Video, Blu-Ray with 24/192 LPCM, 24 bit downloads and probably more.
Given the overwhelming importance of the speakers and room in defining the overall quality of reproduction, how much can these formats really contribute? What is possible?
Many here are sure that their modestly-priced CD players are more or less as good as it gets - you do not even need an expensive CD player, let alone a SACD player to get near the top of fidelity and musical enjoyment.
I have been 'downgrading' my system lately - selling my £12000 Nagra CD player and temporarily replacing it with a £400 Cambridge Audio BD650 universal player (CD,SACD,DVD-A,BD,DVD-V). In all honesty the difference between them is less than between my two pairs of standmount speakers (ProAc TR8 and Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a) that are only £400 apart...
What is the rational, sensible approach here and what are people's experiences?
Do your Harbeths maximise the 'benefits' of the high resolution formats or do you find them to be insignificant to your listening pleasure?