Audiophiles are really getting a bad name thanks to the influx of buyers with a lot of dollars and almost no sense.  For instance, there is a company that sells magic rocks for your amp, audiophile grade wall warts and $7000 cable that claims to have stabilizing technology analogous to the shocks on your car.  For those who are simply looking for the best audio experience that they can get out of their PC, you will find much better advice at AnandTech

“If you’re one of those people in search of the holy grail of audio fidelity, there’s no doubt that using a PC as a complete front-end solution has probably crossed your mind at one time or another. Saving your entire music library to a hard drive and having all your favorite tracks just a few clicks away is certainly appealing, but what about the sound playback quality? Can it compete with dedicated disc transports costing thousands of dollars?”

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