A simple question, but one for which I have found very little feedback on the web. The question is this - does anyone have real-world experience comparing high end audiophile gear to pro audio equipment, and if so, what were the results? Every now and then you see manufacturers that bridge the gap (Bryston, PMC, Benchmark, etc.) but rarely do you find audiophile-oriented reviews of pro gear. Seems logical to me that the equipment used to record the music the in the first place should do a half decent job on reproducing it, no? So if you have practical a/b listening experience or have chosen to incorporate pro gear into your system, I'd love to hear about it. Preamplification and digital conversion especially... I'm in the process of building a computer based system and am in need of a new preamp and DAC. The new system must match or exceed the existing arrangement and I have to say I am tempted to experiment with pro gear - partly out of curiosity and partly due to lower cost.