As I mentioned in a previous post I've been doing the computer thing for quite awhile.
The only reason I'm posting this is there has been a lot of discussion on other forums where there are still people that believe computer served music is not as good as a CDP. Luddites.
When I first started ripping my CD's I don't remember what my setup was at the time. I do remember that I had a Meridian pre/pro that I was using as the DAC. It only had the ability to play 16/48, but that was okay because everything I had at the time was just CD 16/44.
I also had a Naim CD5X with the separate power supply (about $4.5K at the time). It was one of the best sounding CD players I had ever heard. At the time, the Naim CDP sounded a little better than playing digital files through my Meridian pre/pro, but I was having fun experimenting and slowly getting my feet wet. I was stilling spinning CD's on the Naim, but not quite as much as I was slowly evolving towards all computer.
Then Ayre came out with it's QB-9 USB Dac. That changed everything. I purchased a new Mac Mini and the Ayre Dac. I Upgraded my Hard Drive and purchased my first Airport Extreme. This was about 5 years ago. By then I had a pretty large digital music library on the hard drive.
So to quiet my own doubts, I needed to do some sort of A/B test. The Ayre was hooked to one input of my Preamp and the Naim to another input. I have a large collection of MFSL and DCC CD's. I picked out a number of CD's I thought were exceptionally well remastered. I would then load a CD into the Naim and bring the same CD up in iTunes, then I would start them both at the same time, trying to synchronize them. Then all I had to do was use my preamp's remote and switch between the inputs. I did this for a couple days. The difference was startling.
I never spun another CD on the Naim again. It got Audiogonned.
Done right, with a good dac, computer served music kills a CD player. Especially when played through Dynaudio speakers.