Computer with DAC vs CD Player
I've researched quite a bit but I ultimately confused.
I buy a high-quality DAC and connect it via Coaxial or USB (or Optical) to my computer and play a high-quality bit-perfect rip of a CD that is stored in a lossless format (such as WAV or FLAC) and then on top of this use a program with an ASIO output plug-in (so as to bypas the Windows Audio Stack)
I buy a CD Player such as the Cyrus CD6SE and use that.
Wouldn't Opt.1 & Opt.2 be very similar in sound quality? Or even Option 1 be superior as they will be no read errors as it is a perfect rip?
I've seen many differing opinions and I'd like to try and a get a (or as close to a) once-and-for-all (at least for me that is) on this topic. So what are your opinions? Many thanks...
P.S. the reason I'm asking this is because I'm purchasing a Hi-Fi system. I've just bought my speakers; a pair of ATC SCM 19s (Mint Ex-dem for a substantial discount). I am now completing the rest of the hi-fi and am tossing up between something like the Cyrus CD6SE (or 8SE) and the Cyrus DACX (or another comparable DAC). So yeah.