Re: Absolute best source?
I am still a huge fan of the Audio Research CD7 player for redbook.
The top flight Esoteric gear P-03/Dual P-01's/G-0Rb is unbelievably good as well.
I had a chance to hear this at a friends home and was blown away.
The rest of his system includes
Genesis 1.1 speaker system
Pass XA200.5 amplifiers
Pass X0.2 preamp
For HT purposes he uses a Halcro SSP-200 pre/pro. Genesis center and surrounds all driven by XA.5 amps. It's by far the best system that I've heard in a home.