One of the biggest questions often asked by readers of Whathifi is how does the current hifi equipment compare with that of decades ago. well, the only way you can really know is to listen yourself. this is no use for someone who is reading and wants to hear well-qualified opinions I think that in some areas quality has increased significantly and are worth purchasing the latest stuff. these are Speakers Tvs (not hifi) Alternative media sources Amplifiers (but not much) CD players have improved slightly,but imo are not significantly better. A clear example of something which hasnt improved is headphones. I recently got the 5star rated Goldring Gx200 expecting an amazing sound from my ipod. But the sound was trebly and flat. My old Pioneer SE450 headphones (cost slightly less that the Goldrings) from the 80s sound WAY better There is no doubt that digital music recorded in AAC or similar is a vast improvement over old cassette players and even rival CDs because of their convenience to deliver content when you want it and where you want it.