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Hello everyone. I am new to the site so I hope I am doing this correctly . Anyway, I currently have a project debut III turntable and a NAD C515BEE cd player. I have been really into vinyl for the past year; and when I got my tube pre amp, I decided to get a cd player due to the availability of some titles. I was presently surprised how nice it sounded. So I figure I will upgrade my cd player to something warmer sounding, and since I can't afford a VPI scout ATM, I assume I will maximize my cd experience for now.
Anyway, I have narrowed it down to these two players: Simaudio-Moon CD.5 vs the music hall CD35.2. I really just want a great cd player, particularly a warmer sounding one. Can anyone give me advice on these players? I know that the music hall has HDCD compatibility, but is the moon really with the extra cash?
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Hello everyone. I am new to the site so I hope I am doing this correctly . Anyway, I currently have a project debut III turntable and a NAD C515BEE cd player. I have been really into vinyl for the past year; and when I got my tube pre amp, I decided to get a cd player due to the availability of some titles. I was presently surprised how nice it sounded. So I figure I will upgrade my cd player to something warmer sounding, and since I can't afford a VPI scout ATM, I assume I will maximize my cd experience for now.
Anyway, I have narrowed it down to these two players: Simaudio-Moon CD.5 vs the music hall CD35.2. I really just want a great cd player, particularly a warmer sounding one. Can anyone give me advice on these players? I know that the music hall has HDCD compatibility, but is the moon really with the extra cash?
Thanks everyone!!!


What is the list price of each of the above players?

Anyway, given that you are "new to the site" you might also post something similar (to your above words (but with a slightly different thread title)) in the AVS "20k" forum ( Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+) ) at: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=86

Finish the new thread with a question like: Can anyone suggest a high-end CD player that is comparable or better than the Simaudio-Moon CD.5 or the music hall CD35.2 that I am considering?

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Simaudio was reviewed in Stereophile recently. Considering its price, it measured rather poorly on test bench.
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You mentioned that you had a tube pre amp but did not mention the make and model. However if your looking to warm up your sound consider rolling some tubes. I have a Primaluna Dialogue 3 pre/amp and the sound was a bit hard w/the stock tubes. As a result I rolled my 4 12AU7's w/4 NOS military grade RCA black plate 6189/JRC 12AU7WA's and the change was smoother and less harsh better bottom. Rolling tubes could cost you anywhere between $30 to hundreds depending how many you need and the quality of the tube. NOS(new old stock) usually run more and military grade will last longer. Nice thing about tubes is you can change your sound w/out changing your gear in many instances.
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However if your looking to warm up your sound consider rolling some tubes.

That's a crap-shoot. Often you may not get anything for the money at all.

Here's a better solution, get a decent graphic equalizer like Ashly, Rane or DBX. It's a far more controllable solution and guaranteed result in tone change.
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