I finally took the advice of many on this forum and purchased an Emotiva ERC-1 CD player to use as a transport and a separate Keces DA-131 DAC.
The amount of new detail that I hear in familiar recordings is amazing.
I have been using a Toslink optical cable between the Emotiva nd the Keces because I had one on hand.
There is also and option to use a digital coax cable.
Any opinions on which is best for sound quality?
Any suggestions on a brand and model for both the Toslink and digital coax (looking for bang for buck as always)?
Also, one curious thing: when the CD is over and the Emotiva goes into idle mode (I assume for energy consumption reasons) I get a pretty loud hum thru my speakers until I turn the DAC off, or the preamp off, or power up the CD again. Is this normal?
Thanks (and remind me to listen to you guys).