been using my marantz bd7004 for cdp for about a year & decided to save wear n tear get a dedicated cdp so went with the above mentioned from what i read around, but compared to the marantz, it's sound is muddled when listening to classical cds & on vocal cds/bands drum cymbals are too bright & not enuff bass sigh, so have tweaked my avr (onkyo ht-rc180) best i can but it's still not as good as the marantz. hooked this cdp up with the rca cables & played various cds using pure audio, then neo:6 music, thx, stereo, just about all the options & still can't hear the intrumentals like i was used to hearing; so guess this cdp just isn't cut up to be what other listeners feel they hear. it's fine if you're playing a cd & doing whatever around the house, but when i sit & listen, it sounds like it's lacking in just about every octave ugh. even with my low end mordaunt-short carnival speakers i got more out of the marantz with all the video processing etc turned off so i'm quite disappointed with this onkyo cdp. am thinking the avr's burr-brown dac is far above the wolfson in this case, so guess it's a good thing i didn't spend another $150 & go with the c-s5vl! imho, it's just an average cdp so spending $159 wasn't too bad, but i somehow expected more from all the reviewers out there lol. oh well. i'll give it a couple months to "break-in," but i don't expect much improvement.
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2/15/12 at 8:25am