1/2 width because I'd put it on top of my desktop PC, under my desk.
I've only somewhat looked around at this point so I haven't come across many brands or models yet.
Why don't you want to use PC as player? Get a decent sound card, pair of active speakers and you are all set.
I use a PC now. I have 2 setups I rotate through: AMB y2 + CKKIII DAC/amp, and MF V-DAC + Schiit Valhalla. I want to compare those to a dedicated CD player (and/or with a DAC).
I have come across a few, but none are really floating my boat at this point for bang for the buck:
a bunch of Teacs
Pro-Ject CD Box (SE)
Cambridge Audio Sonata CD30
NuForce CDP-8 CD Player
DENON DCD-CX3 Micro CD/SACD Player
Audio Analogue Primo CD player (rev2.0)
Sorry, but I can't help audiophile itch. Computer with any mid level (semi-)pro audio card (either internal or external) is perfectly good for all types of stereo playback, including high-resolution records.
i do believe parasound has something in the works for their Z series line. for something more upstream Musical Fidelity has a transport only cd player as well...
I'd go buy an old Meridian 508 used. Much better sound for about the same $$
Although, I don't know why you bother with a high quality cd player if you're going to run it through the computer.
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