Originally Posted by decooney
Did you notice any difference in sound quality after you let the DBS-50.3 burn in some?
After playing some Blu-Rays, I decided to see how the player worked as a simple CD player. While playing CDs, I've been comparing actual sound of the HDMI connections vs. Analog RCA-composite outputs of the DBS-50.3 straight in to the CD inputs in my own DHC-40.1 preamp. I do notice the sound stage opens up and becomes more clear for sure and I'm using some very high dollar Cardas cables to compare though. Its not broken in yet, but I'm thinking I might actually be able to live with the DBS-50.3 as a CD player too versus a dedicated transport. Next I plan to test running the DBS-50.3 straight into a more dedicated audiophile grade 2-channel audio preamp to see how that does instead of through my Integra DHC-40.1. I"ve found no reviews by anyone trying the DBS-50.3 as an audio grade CD player. I only have (8) hours of burn-in time on my player as of today.
Originally I had no thoughts of it being good enough as a CD player. However, If it manages to sound more open or detailed than it is now after it breaks in, I might be using the DBS-50.3 as my CD player too and forgo the whole idea of a decidated tranport/DAC for my adjacent two channel audio system.
In my case I only have a very few CD's and I don't even recall when the last time I listened to one of them.
I'm not one of the Audio Aficianado types by any means.
In my situation I am the Movie sort of fellow.
I do have a lot of Music but it is on DVDs where I am looking at the performances as well as listening to them.
I can offer an opinion on using the 50.3 as your CD Player.
My (Opinion) is it will be just fine.
There is something I have learned over years of having Audio/Video gear.
This could get very quickly into a never ending debate of which In my case I'm not interested in getting into.
But I'll take a chance and make these comments.
I really doubt that a person honestly is going to hear the difference in the 50.3 Integra player than having a stand alone CD player.
I once upon time had a stsnd alone $5,000.00 Dollar CD Player.
Now I know there are CD Players out there that cost far-far more than the one I had.
My point is this, I can't honestly say I really heard any difference in it than the Integra 50.3 or any other normal priced CD player.
I think people that can afford a $20K dollar CD Player and audio cables that cost $30K dollars are going to Hear a Difference because.
They are Suppose to Hear a Difference !!!
But Blind Fold them and put them in a room they have not been in and there would be a very embarrased, surprised person probably.
What is my real point here ???
If those that have the money to spend, spend it they in their minds are going to hear a difference.
They were told what to listen for and what they can hear by their Audio/Video Rep.
So they sure are not going to ever Admit they did not and cannot hear any real difference in lower priced gear versus the extreme priced gear they can afford.
That above is what I have read and honestly as I said above have personally experienced on some level.
I think the same goes for the extremely higher priced cables.
Your told what they can do so you are going to hear that because you spent the money and you know you are suppose to be hearing things that you could not hear with lesser expensive cables.
Well so much for my sharing thoughts here on AVS.
No (Offense) meant by my comments here a Sharing of Knowledge with you.