I know that this will probably be contentious but I bought a new lappy 2 months ago and the rips - using dbpoweramp - sound much better. I do appreciate that it's all 0's and 1's butI realised I was listening to new albums only - mainly because the sound was so improved.
Did a re-rip of something previously on the hard drive and the increase in quality was very noticeable especially bass - more definition, tighter etc. all old rips were verified with accurate rip and were ok
using a sb3/naim/royd minstrels.
yes, i am going to re-rip everything - joy.