Originally Posted by pterpm
i'm new in audiophile please, give me an advice to pick a cdp under $ 500 go with my harmon/kardon 230 and focal 706 speakers and what kind of speaker cable go well with the system
and what do you recommend with what amp/pre-amp to do better than my hk under 1k
thank you very much
Nice of you to ask rather than just go left and right to buy something and end up disapointed!
First, i think its important to understand that there are no "more important" parts to a sound system than others. They are all equally important, and the choices you make will later affect your overall experience.
Like building a house, you must start with the foundations (ground up); in a sound system, the "ground" is the Media from which you will play the music. Therefore, a good quality CD player is very important.
Some people on this thread have said otherwise, and i could go on saying "trust me it is", but rather than doing that, i invite you to go to a store and listen to a very good sound system (Naim, simaudio… whatever you can put your hands on…) and try a high – end cd player and a crappy dvd-player. Alternate between the two and you will see/hear a huge difference in the quality of the sound.
Overall, since we are talking about building a system on good foundation, the two most important things you need to consider right now are the Media reader and the cable that brings that information to your receiver. Now you can consider a CD player, or you can look at a digital media player to play “mp3s”. Naturally, since we are talking about ‘audiophile” stuff, Lossless quality files are recommended of course.
However, your original question was concerning a CD player. For under 500$ you will find yourself in mid-range land, which is close to your current setup anyways. I would highly recommend you “plan ahead” and purchase a better quality player (around 1000$ worth) and some very good cables, but that is your call.
Here are good mid-range CD players company I’ve listened to which were very nice. However, keep in mind that that quality of CD players will not really provide rich sound composition. They don’t have the definition processing quality that will allow the sounds to expend properly (as they are meant to ) and you won’t get a very defined warmth to the sounds. For example, they will probably not allow you to hear the subtle squirks of fingers on guitar cords or the scratch of nails on a piano key; you will only hear the intended sounds recorded for the average user. Higher quality players will transport that information on to your speakers more easily. You will notice the same dimished quality in soundstage and musician disparity. The sounds will most probably find themselves more bundled up in the “center” of the room, at the exception of the obvious stereo recording intentions from the studio.
Rotel - http://www.rotel.com/UK/products/index.htm?cat=28
NAD - http://nadelectronics.com/products/cd-players
Arcam - http://www.arcam.co.uk/products,fmj,CD-Players.htm
Cambridge - http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products.php#cd-players
Just go on these sites and pick the player you think fits the bill the best.
However, if you are interested in a little higher quality player, and are willing to spend a bit more, here are a few companies that I would recommend. I have heard all of them and they are stunning.
Micromega - http://www.micromega-hifi.com/lecteurs-dvd.html
Naim - http://www.naim-audio.com/products/intro_cd.html
Simaudio - http://www.simaudio.com/moonaudio.htm
I would also invest in some good quality cables to go with that system and perhaps give your speakers the same treatment. For that, I recommend Transparent cables. They carry the sound quality and definition with grace and no noticeable loss in quality.http://www.transparentcable.com/
I hope I could be of help in some way or another. And Btw, nice choice on Focal speakers! I was gonna go with the 836 myself. Amazing quality speakers for the high/mid-range. That was until I heard the audio physics Tempo… but that’s another story