Well, I did hear some very positive result when people did not make CDs form glass copies (as the “big people” do) but actually burned them in the “regular” CD writers. How they did it I have no idea. Also, I have no idea what hardware/software they used. I only know that whatever I have seen and tried were not good.
About playing it from HD… it is hard to say. It is defiantly way better then recorded to CD but still the direct output of TL0 sounds more interesting. However, I would be completely content if I would be able to get out of a CD burner the result that I get by placing music directly from HD.
BTW, playing directly from HD is always produce OK result. For instance I hate SACD, not that I hate the format but I hate ANY SACD result that I ever heard (and I believe that I head anything out there). However, there was one, and the only one experience with SACD that delivered a phenomenal result. It was in 1999 or something like this when Maitner only introduced SACD and the first Sony players weren’t widely available. I remember I stopped by in juts opened Mark Levinson store in NY and they played for me few cuts. The music was recorded directly to the HD and they played it form the same HD via a prototype Maitner pro DSD converter. THAT was good, very-very good!!! Even if I mentally subtract from that sound the crappy music that they recorded, the horrible ML speaker and the very ordinary ML electronics then still clearly the DSD performed very wonderfully. After that, the CD players and transports became available and the DSD when to toilet. Or perhaps the consumer version of the DSD converted screw the picture up.... I really do not know, and do not care. What I defiantly know, that I never since then heard SACD performing even remotely competitive to a properly implemented 16-bit PCM.
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche