Originally Posted by wb2fcr
What were you using for a CDP before the RCD-1072?
I've been considering a 1072 as a dedicated CD player instead of using my Denon 2900. Just wondering if its worth it.
Sorry - I know this should be in the CD player forum.
Actually, I think that any Rotel product is fair game for discussion, as long as we don't get too far afield.
Before the Rotel, I was using a Pioneer Elite 45A DVD/DVD-A/SACD player, as well as a Mitsubishi DD8020 DVD/DVD-A player. Those are both fine players and in fact I am still using the Pioneer as my main DVD player and for DVD-A and SACD playback.
However, since I started on this Rotel journey and have discovered there actually are useful, audible improvements in a dedicated stereo only setup, I got really curious about what the 1072 could do. Every review I could find basically confirmed each other that this would be a solid performer, so I decided to give it a try.
I've now had an opportunity to listen to a few more CDs from the collection which which I am extremely familiar. I am definitely hearing things I haven't before, such as subtle harmonies in choral passages. There is also a depth to the soundfield which seem to extend out from the speakers, almost as if I had surround channels kicked in.
The is a greater sense of overall presence. Now, factor in that these are only my perceptions not backed up by any scientific measurements. At this point I would have to agree with others who have said that I would be amazed at how good a standard CD could sound, given the right equipment.
For the record, I am a web designer and have no vested interest in Rotel or the B&W group, so don't take any of these comments as a "sales pitch".
Obviously I am quite happy with the purchase.