Alpha 9 CD or Diva CD73?

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  1. riverrun

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    Which replacement for an alpha 7 CD would be better? (To accompany alpha 8 and 8p bi-amped)
     
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    I would definitely look at the CD73 or you might get a good deal on a second hand CD82 now that they are discontinued.
     
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    I would rather take one alpha9 than five CD73
     
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    Plump, I've read your championship of the alpha 9 in other posts, but as crustyloafer suggests, isn't the CD82 not equal to it in specification, and being available new, with the advantage of a greater life expectancy than a used CD9 for approx the same money? (Also easier to find)
     
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    I suspect that Plump prefers the DCS Ring DAC that the Alpha 9 has.


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    I would suppose the FMJ CD23 to be more Plump-friendly then? (And as hard to find as the Alpha 9)
     
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    I would imagine that the CD23 would be to his liking - great player.

    I also think the CD33 is a class act too (non DCS ring DAC).

    Seen a few CD23's on Ebay, everynow & then one pops up on hififorsale.com


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    An alpha 7 can no longer be upgraded to an alpha 9, because of lack of parts, but for £200 it can be modified to CD82 specifications, according to Arcam (our main dealer in Ireland quotes 399 euro). An ex-dem CD82 would cost about £400, so that's not bad. However, for £300 you could probably get an alpha 9, and for a little bit more a CD23, which is what I finally did, based in part on some of the comments here. Now what do you do with a CD23?
     
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    The Alpha 9 IMO, or as has already been suggested, a CD23. The RingDAC may be a bit long in the tooth but I'm not personally convinced that it's been bettered by anything in the Arcam price range - just my opinion you understand.

    Regards,

    Jules.
     

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