Originally Posted by REShaman
Finally got around to comparing BDP-873 playing CD with my favorite Denon 3300 (circa 1986 and reference quality). Listened to both using stereo analog connections (AudioQuest black Mamba interconnects for BDP83 into a Yamaha DSP-A1 and Monster for Denon 3300).
Using my ole standby Yamaha DSP-A1 (also circa 1986) having returned a Denon 4308CI for too many reasons and a Marantz AV/MM 8300 defective out of the box. Therefore no HDMI and only 5.1 analog. But the sound is very agreeable to my ears.
Randomly selected BeeGees One Night Only
HDCD. The Denon 3300's SQ was better. Richer. Better sound stage. More 3D like and in front of the L/R speaker grilles. Not a little better, much better. Thin is a good description. Brighter. I know listening is subjective. Yet your experience is similar to mine. While you are listening via digital coax for audio, I was listening using stereo analog and still came up with similar evaluation. As for a bit "tinny", how about also clean, sparing, farther back. I was disappointed in the results wanting the experience to be equally attractive even if different. Gives me pause.
Rather than leave my impressions as above in response to B-Boxhunter's post, and for my own need to make sense of my first impressions which were so favorable, I went back to my system and played several discs including CD/SACD/DVD-Audio.
In particular Kind of Blue
on CD and the SACD m.ch. version. Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company
SACD m.ch and Steeley Dan's Gaucho
With Kind of Blue
audio CD I played it on both Denon DVD3300 and the BDP-83 and compared. It was so close I did not care as both sounded wonderful.
The Ray Charles SACD and Steeley Dan's Gaucho
DVD-Audio were superb. With the SACD, I even switched between PCM and DSD slightly favoring the PCM setting. Again SQ was excellent with both.
So what prompted my initial reponse to B-Boxhunter. I was comparing an HDCD played on the Denon DCD 3300 versus the BDP-83 and I still think that particular disc sounded better on the Denon. Is there something about HDCD that for the present puts the BDP-83 inferior to other players? There was a serious difference IMO. And,
Overall, HDCD, aside, the BDP-83 performed so impressively with the other discs in various formats i.e, CD/SACD/DVD-Audio as to make me eat my words. Again this experience was heard using the analog m.ch 5.1 setup with the Yamaha DSP-A1 to Atlantic Technology THX 450 (7.1 configuration) with all speakers set to small, distance accurately measured, no trim (SW set to low-pass 55hz).
Returning to my initial and highly favorable reaction and good fortune in making the decision to choose the BDP-83. WOW!