Originally Posted by Poundhound
so...i had my older pioneer dvd player (626) hooked up with an optical connect to my h/k avr130 to my monitor audio gs10's. it sounded great in stereo. just got a rega apollo and have it hooked up analog to the h/k and it is hard to tell the difference between the two players! the apollo does sound a shade smoother overall, but i think there should be a bigger diffference. due to not having a proper interconnect, i an using a $2.99 one for now (i know, i know). please tell me this is why my sound is not as good as it should be! maybe the cdp is not run in enough? maybe it's my receiver? all speculations welcome!...thanks.
Could be a number of things. I think it is possible or even probable that you would notice a bigger difference with an upgrade in speakers and then a better avr, as I think the differences in sources are more readily apparent the better the equipment in the rest of the chain. On the other hand, there could be other explanations too. It may depend on what kind of music you listen to, or what your room environment is, or it may be that you will find a more substantial difference with longer term listening. Some of the differences between CD players might not be immediately apparent as soon as you switch to a new player, and it is not clear how long ago you made the change.
I would also venture to say that the ability to discern differences in sources is something that develops over time with more experience listening to different types of equipment. And I would generally say that the differences between sources are not a matter of Wow!, but are often more subtle. It may take some time to really appreciate these differences, again depending on what you are listening to.
I would give yourself a little more time with the new player and see how things develop over a couple of weeks. I might change the interconnect to a decent low-cost interconnect, as I'm not even sure what you get for $2.99 nowadays.
After you've had the player for awhile, then you could consider upgrading your speakers and the avr if you're still not getting the sound you were hoping for. I would also suggest that, if you consider an upgrade, you consider buying from some place that offers a 30-day return. Then you get upgrade the other parts of your system and see if it helps. If it doesn't you can return the equipment or try something else. Sometimes achieving the sound you want takes some effort and some experimentation, and the nice thing about all these stores that offer return periods nowadays is that you can try some different things and let your own ears be the judge.