Ok, enough already... I can't stop listening to or watching BDs on my 05. I've had it a mere 4 weeks now and it gets a new workout every night! And the lovely(putting it mildly) sound, just pours right out of it - smooth and full bodied. It's like turning on a little orchestra when I press the power switch. I can't wait to get some better(okay, much better) speakers to pair with it - someday.
Years ago, around 92 I bought this little portable Sony CD player the D-303. Maybe some of you have heard of it. At the time, I believe it got rave reviews for the quality of it's transport and output. 1bit DAC was the 'in' thing then. Back then some portables where made out of metal. The 303 was no exception. It was one of the few at the time that had a Toslink digital-out jack - one of the primary reasons I bought it. I also had a Sony D-Audio recorder too that I could make perfect digital recording transfers. It's still in mint condition and has been in a box in my closet for years. My young son discovered it a couple years ago, but I resisted giving it to him to play around with. I thought it might be worth something someday and didn't want him to wreck it.
Anyway, I brought it to my second home in VA (where the 05 is) this week, and hooked it up via digital-in, and gave it a spin. I wanted to see just how good it sounded. I wasn't disappointed. The bits just flowed into the Pio and were magically transformed into the smoothest audio I've ever heard. It was like re-discovering an old friend. If I remember correctly, it was around $300 new. I even bought the little remote sensor that plugged into the front, left side.
I also tried a new(inexpensive) pair of Sennheiser phones with the 05 this week. The combo of the 05 and 303 felt like I had been transported to a Michael Buble' concert. And utter silence at the end of each track. Absolutely no trace of any hum whatsoever. Oh, did I say I liked my 05?
A lot maybe!?
I set that puppy on Pure Direct mode and sit back. I can't shack the walls since I'm in an apt., but I do push it a little. Can't help it.
Just thot I'd share that...