I have been listening exclusively to CD's for let's say 20 year's now. I have tried various cd players and cd transport / DAC combos. For pure cd listening I always prefer a dedicated cd player. I don't know if it is placebo but I find them superior sounding. For example I have listened to my current cd player azur 851c vs the cxc cd transport (which is the same as the transport of 851c) with the 851D dac (which is the same DAC section as the one found inside 851c) and I find it marginally better!