I'm not really an audiophile but a good few years ago I put some research hours in (on the old Zerogain forum) and put together a half decent hifi system from second hand kit I picked up from the classifieds. A Pioneer A400 (GTE) amp, a Rotel 965BX SE Discrete CD player NAD deck and EPOS ES11 speakers on decent stands. I just dusted off the CD player with a view to selling it as I rarely play CDs anymore and don't buy new ones. I have my laptop plugged into my hifi system and use the Spotify app on the laptop to play music these days for the convenience. I decided to do a quick comparison while I checked the CD player was still working ok and now can't bring myself to sell it! Spotify via my laptop is very noticeably poorer sound quality compared to the CD player (yes I know...shocking). I have the streaming quality turned up to maximum but it's still very poor in comparison. I'm not surprised but I was hoping the difference wouldn't be quite so obvious!\n\nI'm not about to start buying CDs again so have I just got to accept poorer sound quality or is there anything I can do to improve the situation? (the headphone cable is decent quality).