Originally Posted by RicP
Sounds different to the point of being immediately noticeable.
Not all CD players use the same parts, so it stands to reason that there will be differences in playback, common sense really.
Agreed. I would never lay down my money that I could pick out the $200 player A from the $250 player B. If they had similar circuits and parts I can't imagine telling them apart via their analog outs. But I have heard the very real and large difference between a retail $4k unit and a retail $1k unit because they used different D/A chipsets, topologies/output schemes, etc. (analog out listening). Now I had no outboard DAC to run both thru but I would suppose they would sound the same through the same DAC as the transport is only picking up the 1's and 0's and moving them to the DAC where it puts its fingerprints on the sound.
I have a retail $1700 CDP coming this week and a $500 outboard DAC and will try this with the $4k retail CDP to see what I hear. I'll run both through the analog outputs and both thru the digital outs to the DAC. I am trying to maintain the same level of sound by finding lower cost components that can recreate that. So I am working my way down, so to speak, versus working my way up in costs. I'll even pull out an old SOny DVD player and run it thru the DAC to see what I get. I bought the DAC for a Squeezebox, but if it satisfies me as much as the CDP does, I might just turn around and dump the CDP. But then I have to plug, unplug, to use the DAC between sources (whining here). I'll let you know, if you are interested in what I get.
No DBT by myself and no, I will not be suckered by level deltas. I know what my system sounds like.