Originally Posted by uppacreek
Thx to my dealer, I was able to do a direct 2-channel comparison between the DX-5 and C-5xeMP using a SHM CD, and honestly could differentiate very little between them, they are so close sonically. Where I prefer the warmth and natural extension of the C-5 (you couldn't pull it from my dead, lifeless hands!), the DX-5 comes through as incredibly rich and detailed.
The fact that the DX-5 comes bundled with one of the best blu ray players around (i.e. Oppo) combined with the flexibility of the USB interface makes it a no-brainer.
Were you able to do your listening comparisons at home on your own system at home or on dealers system in the store?
Before I bought my C-5xeMP last year I scheduled a personal listening session at my Ayre dealer to compare the C-5 with some of its competition back then using my own disks on their reference system. Neither my wife or I could discern much if any difference among the players including an $8500 Esoteric model until I was able to bring both the C-5 demo and its competiton home for direct comparison on my own system for several nights. Then the differences were quite apparent to both my wife and me and I ended up with the C-5
A few months ago I scheduled another listening session at my Ayre dealer with music burned in on my Mac laptop with the Ayre QB-9 DAC. Unfortunately, the dealer did not have their C-5xeMP on hand for any comparisons that day
Of course that was before the DX-5 was available. Based on my experience with the C-5xeMp I would imagine the DX-5 to be quite a remarkable player with both audio as well as video.
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