Chatting to an audio system installer we got onto the topic of hardware, via a debate on the merits of Sonos. We considered what a system such as that does to the sound you have, and then he mentioned an amplifier he’d been listening to. He waxed lyrical, this seemed to be the best make-it-louder box you can imagine, and I was nodding up to the point that he mentioned the price tag …..
No, not a typo, that really was the cost of the system. Can I recommend that to you? Well, if you have a cool hundred grand slopping around in your bank account go ahead, but will you get the full benefit of your investment? Sadly no, unless you upgrade the source of the sound. Just bolting expensive equipment onto highly compressed music files won’t improve things. Your first step must be to move to Apple Lossless level quality files, and then you need do some thinking.
Beyond CD ripping into Apple Lossless you’ll need to source music ripped in higher bit rates than CDs were recorded. Putting it bluntly CDs don’t contain sounds worthy of such an expensive amp so you’ll need to buy your music through one of the high quality 24 bit music streaming services.