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Thread Starter 
I want to get a CD player. I'm mostly concerned with regular 2 channel CD's. I would like it to play DVD's but I want it to still be a good CD player. Getting something that does SACD or HDCD would be nice but not necessary. I would like to keep it under $300 as well.

I had my eye on the Marantz CD5001 and the Oppo DV-981HD. How would these compare as just CD players? I do like the fact the Oppo would do DVD as well as some SACD, HDCD, etc. Any other units to consider?
post #2 of 6
. Get,you a quality cd player just for your redbook playback,and just get you a cheap dvd player for movies 60 bucks should sufice for that.The CD players to look at in this pricerange are the Nad 521bbe,Marantz(forgot the name),Cambridge 540 Azure all of these are at the $300 mark. If you can spend a little more around $500 it will be a huge stepup in sound quality,the Onix cd player from av123 for $399 is a stunning bargain,its basically a Musica Hall CD-25 for $200 less,the Nad 542 for $499,the Cambridge 640 Azure all of these are very good,but the one i would try to go for is the Bada HT 22 tube Cd player it has most of the same internal parts as the Shanling T-100 which is a 2k+ player for $499,you can purchase it from: www.pacificvalve.com
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The link for the BADA HD-22 Vacuum Tube HDCD Player is this....

http://www.pacificvalve.us/BDHD22.html
post #4 of 6
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I am currently using a cheap DVD player (~$40) to play my CD's. I was using the analog outs to send the signal to my Marantz 7001 reciever. I just tried the digital out and I think it sounds better.

Would I notice much of a difference if I got a nicer player (say the Oppo 780 or 981 or Marantz CD5001) and sent the signal to the reciever on the digital connection and let the reciever use the DAC? Or would these units likely have better DAC's built in making it better to use the analog connectoin?
post #5 of 6
Agent WD-40,

You're asking for a comparison between S/PDIF transmission jitter (digital from player to DACs in receiver) vs. analog input, gain, and output stages of the receiver.

To find a new/used transport somewhere between $40-300 which will give you a major sonic improvement is going to be tough... you best bang for the buck would be a DIY master clock upgrade and/or power supply/supplies upgrade in your current CDP.

- Steve O.
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Originally Posted by bigjp View Post

The link for the BADA HD-22 Vacuum Tube HDCD Player is this....

http://www.pacificvalve.us/BDHD22.html

It may have many of the same parts as the Shanling, but it sure doesn't have its good looks.
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