It is a great article and hopefully will push more audiophiles in the 24/96 camp as the wide range of hardware seems to be coming from everywhere.
I have chosen to go the less expensive route with my use of the $40 Audio DVD Creator program (downloadable)that allows you to create/burn 2496 tracks on DVD+Rs as pcm files that are playable on "just about any" 2496 capable DVD player. So far I have only had one friend have a disc not play on one of his players. It even creates PAL discs for the European market that have played without a hitch.
The excitement for me has been in finding a cheap way to enter the hi-rez market and not need a dedicated DVD-A player to make music so easily enjoyable by nearly anyone. All that is holding me back is my inexpensive recording gear, but for what I do and charge (nothing) it is amply good enough as the people I record for attest.
I hope some of you take JMR's advise. It is most enjoyable to listen in Hi-Rez and you may find yourself ripping some vinyl to hi-rez...just because you can.
It is easy, even for me, to hear the improvments that 2496 make from my same recordings also done simultaneously in redbook format for cd releases. Hop on board. For many of you with great systems you will easily hear the improvements.