Originally Posted by Audiojan
And honestly, a tube in the signal path DOES NOT mean colored.
Looks like AN CD-4.1x does:
And you don't need to assume that I don't know the different between preference and reference.... no need for Google. In the hi-fi world (and yes, I've been part of that world for many years), preference doesn't need to take a back seat to reference.
Looks like I don't need to assume. With that statement, you've shown that you don't.
The opinion of the listener will in the end decide if a specific item is the right choice or not.
That's called "preference".
Now, let's get back to the topic... for $400, what CD player would you recommend. I've already voiced my opinion.
Which $400 range CD player have you recommended?
Well, we could argue this the entire day...
What you are doing isn't arguing. It's called "denial".