Originally Posted by mfabien
The point is this, when you have good speakers and a powerful subwoofer (mine is a 12 inch down firing 78 lbs sub made by SVS) there is bound to be some vibration. Not to the point of lifting trap doors with your normal type of music but enough that perhaps some anti vibration pads under your DVD player can make a difference. These pads will go under my HD-A1 and it will make it up there among the best CD players around.
You are really fooling yourself if you think the HD-A1 is some audiophile dream as long as you put some pads underneath it.
Hook an external DAC up to the A1 and the difference is night and day. I use a modded Perpetual Tech P-3a I picked up used for $600....blows away the A1 in every respect as I would expect any decent DAC would.
There is nothing wrong with being happy with the A1 analog outs for CDs....but you can't go around telling people it's among the best around.
The analog outs for CD audio are merely acceptable to good......and nothing more.
I've heard really good things about the Benchmark DAC1 and the Ack dAck if you are interested in better two channel audio.
sorry for the off topic
but i've seen a few nonsense posts now about how the A1 competes with multithousand dollar equipment.