Amen to that. I can understand the importance of jitter elimination/minimisation when reading audio data off a physical medium (cd), otherwise you will end up with duplicated or missing snippets. However, in bad cases this shoud be pretty obvious as you would hear some snap, crackle and pop. But I've got no clue as the the difference jitter management between your garden variety cdp and an expensive one makes. I am particularly suspicious of suggested measures to reduce jitter at other stages of the audio chain. Eg., between components, say SPDIF interface/cable between a dvd player and receiver. I would have thought signal timing and control etc would be pretty basic stuff at this stage, and not need any fancy electronics.
I find the lack of practical examples of what exactly jitter is to be suspicious.
I.e play album XXX and track YYY and if music AAA sounds like BBB there's jitter otherwhise if it sounds like CCC there isn't.
I do not have any dedicated stereo gear, and I have been looking at some possibilities for music improvement. My current situation is a Denon 2307 AVR and B&W 603S3 fronts and LCR60 centre and I must say I am very happy with the sound for both HT and music. At the moment I am using a DVD player for CDs because my old CD player has decided to go into retirement. I am considering purchasing a new CD player but I am not convinced it will make much of a difference, and perhaps I will be better off spending the money on buying some more CDs.
I am inclined to agree with Terry. Once you get your speakers right, most other improvements tend to be more marginal if not outright insignificant given the spend involved. Sometimes the improvements must be so marginal that a change in room temperature would probably have a more profound effect.
PS: I am a rank amatuer who only upgrades his system 1 in 20 years, so I hope I haven't offended anyone.
Anyway, all the brotherly love in this thread has inspired me to put on some good 'ol 60's music. Hmmmm, lets see, what have we got here..... how 'bout Hair - Original broadway cast? (may as well, because I don't have much on my head!).