Originally Posted by Belbo111
Well then is there a significant difference in the sound of a $500 and $1K player? How about a $2K player? As I asked before, at what price point do you get to a point of diminishing returns.....where the price goes up exponentially but performance increases are relatively unnoticable? That's kinda where I would like to be.
I have no way of listening to each of these so I'm going to have to rely on recomendations
It depends on the players you're comparing. Sure, if you gave me 500, $1k, or $2k to spend, I would buy used hifi equipment and find you players within each price point that sounded different - no problem. Buying used basically gets you more bang for the buck.
You need to decide which features you're after. You can start with a budget universal players/combo players (Pioneer DV45A, Philips 963SA, Samsung HD 840, Oppo 970HD, Sony DVP 7700), get great sound, and still use the machine as a transport later on if you decided to get an outboard DAC. With some of these, you get DVD and SACD playback, in addition to CD playback.
And of course a totally different angle is PC-based audio. If you already have a laptop or desktop, you can get very good sounding audio, with the convenience of having digital playlists and expandable storage.
If you don't have time to listen and compare players, then unfortunately you're at the mercy of faceless contributors posting on online forums (myself included) who may or may not give you correct advice.
I would take your time, get a better idea of what's available, and set some goals to audition or borrow some gear before making a final decision.
- Steve O.