From my experience, as long as one cannot 'see' which player is spinning the CD, pretty much any CD/DVD deck of sufficient quality (say, the 3 - 4 hundred dollar range) will 'sound' as good as any $2000.00 'redbook-only' deck. All of my unsighted evaluations have shown me this to be true, as have all of the other unsighted evaluations I have read in the past 10 years. Differences are only audible if one of the units is an absolute beater (old DiskMan for example) or simply defective.
I know, I know, this comment may upset a few folks - but stop - just stop right there: conduct a few strict
, and totally honest with yourself
- unsighted evaluations with a helper - and you'll see what I mean.
You'd have to be quite the geek to start pointing fingers are any well-designed CD/DVD deck - and if you're that far gone, you are analyzing the hardware - not enjoying the music, and as such - have missed the point altogether...