Originally Posted by like.no.other.
How well does the PlayStation SCPH-1001 compare to higher end model equipment
you guys have? I just purchased one off of eBay for $70 new hoping this will be the
best deal I ever get.
Back to the topic of the thread, the original PlayStation.
I have an original PlayStation and it makes a decent CDP. Despite what the misinformed would have you believe. I have only a few other devices to compare it to, none of which could ever be called high-end.
The PS conveys a very deep, but narrow soundstage. Fidelity is very good. Dynamics are okay. I use standard, "cheap in the box" red, white, and yellow RCAs. Better cables might make a difference.
A sony CDP-CA70ES changer I own presents a wide and sufficiently deep soundstage. I believe it comes across just as the recording engineers intended. Fidelity is very good. Dynamics are very good. This player just sounds overall very good, to me. This player has been hooked up with an inexpensive Toslink cable but is now connected via some Monster Interlink 400s. I couldn't notice any appreciable difference between connection types.
My cheapie Toshiba DVD player, SD-2800 maybe? , has been used very little for CD playback. But I have had occasion to try it out. It is connected by a Radio Shack Digital Coax cable. The soudstage it presents is good, but maybe a little narrow. However the fidelity doesn't seem to be on par with either of the Sonys I own. It is a little recessed or subdued.
Finally I have a Denon DCM-370. It is a player that I cannot recommend under any circumstances. The sound is harsh and fatiguing. However the bass definition is out of this world. Its a shame. I have tried connecting this player using both methods available: digital coax and ICs. There was very little difference. The only way I have been able to use this player is by having it in my bedroom system which is actually now in my garage. This system uses a Carver CT-6 pre-amp/tuner and a TFM- 45 amplifier driving some older Advent Heritage speakers. I guess the Carver's fat, laid back sound is a complimentary match for a bright CDP.
The PlayStation is my second choice player after the Sony ES changer.