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In terms of sound quality, in order of ascending priority, what sounds better??
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In terms of sound quality, in order of ascending priority, what sounds better??
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and... the usual safety net term, "it depends".
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In terms of sound quality, in order of ascending priority, what sounds better??

An OPPO BDP-105 wil give you sound to die for from a well recorded CD or SACD, IF you have a high-resolution amplifier and speakers to do justice to the sound.

The same can be said about many good turntables. I use a Music Hall MMF-7 turntable with a Benz Micro Ace cartridge. Excellent.

I recommend Audio Research preamplifiers, Musical Fidelity power amplifiers, and Musical Fidelity phono preamplifiers.

My speakers are the Vandersteen Treos; amazing sound for only $6500. One of the best in the world.
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In terms of sound quality, in order of ascending priority, what sounds better??
The one that is playing the best recording of music you like.

Much bigger differences there, than among sound sources starting as low as $30 and up these days.
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In terms of sound quality, in order of ascending priority, what sounds better??
What do you have in mind for the choices?

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Old 08-24-2014, 08:10 AM - Thread Starter
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An OPPO BDP-105 wil give you sound to die for from a well recorded CD or SACD, IF you have a high-resolution amplifier and speakers to do justice to the sound.



The same can be said about many good turntables. I use a Music Hall MMF-7 turntable with a Benz Micro Ace cartridge. Excellent.



I recommend Audio Research preamplifiers, Musical Fidelity power amplifiers, and Musical Fidelity phono preamplifiers.



My speakers are the Vandersteen Treos; amazing sound for only $6500. One of the best in the world.

How good or bad is a Marantz CD-17MKIII player??
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How good or bad is a Marantz CD-17MKIII player??
By today's standards, very mediocre.

The Marantz CD5004, which sells for $350, has a much better DAC chipset and is quite good; especially for its price.

The OPPO BDP-105 is the state-of-the-art IMO; better than almost any player for under $8000 or so.

It is amazing for its price; at $1200 it is a STEAL!!!

I had the Ayre C5xe/MP, which was rated A+ for years in Stereophile and cost $6000, for several years; it was very good, but the BDP-105 sounds even better.
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How good or bad is a Marantz CD-17MKIII player??
Depends on how you hook it up to the rest of your system.

If you do it via a digital link (the smart way) then the converters are not an issue because the audio bypasses them.
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FWIW I P/U the OPPO BDP-95 in 03/2011. Not long there after I sold my Marantz reference 2-CH SACD/CD player, I think it originally retailed at around $2K. I think you should get where I'm going here. I have happily kept my 95, the 105 IS a steal. You came here asking for advise, I would listen to the general response.

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Apple TV??
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Apple TV??
The worst thing about any connection like Apple TV is the media that it plays.

I have the option of doing all of my watching and listening through a single box, a single digital path namely via an Arris MP2000 Media Gateway. When it plays my music files off of my household LAN they sound brilliant, and when it plays most of what the regular TV networks send out, well not so much. There are a few TV shows with bass and treble as we learned about them from CDs, but only a few.

People hear the same differences when they play various media sources through any of the Apple media devices and damn the converters in the Apple equipment. Apple as a rule puts really pretty good converters into their products, but that can't help recover what was lost earlier in the chain of devices.
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Which source?

Equipment :

Denon AVR-4810
Jamo D7 PEX/PTX LCRs & SUBs
Apple TV 3
Marantz CD-17MKIII

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hdcd or sacd??
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coaxial or optical??
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