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Best CD player for £1,000

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by sticker, Jul 22, 2003.

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    Looking to replace my Marantz CD6000KI CD player. I have around £1,000 to spend on one and don't mind second hand.

    Currently thinking of MF 3.2, Arcam Cd23t, Meridian??, Marantz ?? any other I should be thinking of? One constraint is that it must have a matching amp of equal quality (WAF)

    Cheers
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    Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Audio Note DAC/Transport and one-box designs. There are dozens of amp combinations to match up with as well (up to a healthy $250,000). It isn't very attractive stuff but I think it sounds brilliant. Build quality is top notch as well. The CD2 that I've got has been replaced by the 2.1 but the principal is the same- Sony transport coupled to 24 bit DAC's with a valve (!) output stage.
    You could always give Naim a listen. My Dad wouldn't listen to anything else. I would rather listen to anything else. Ed
     
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    How about the Tag Mclaren DAC20 i'm seling in the classifieds coupled with a transport such a Teac VRDS 25 ? or hunt for the matching Tag transport
     
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    Go and try the Copland CDA822 - it is an amazing cd player....
     
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    Any of the CD players you mentioned would be good choices.....also worth a look is the CD player listings on ebay.....sometimes there are very good machines to be had there at good prices...and a few Meridians on there at present.
     
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    Thanks guys for the suggestions.

    Alexs2, do you know what Meridians I should be looking at, I heard one in a dealers a few months ago (don't know what model was) and it sounded really good, although I suppose it should have done, it was connected to a £4k Chord amp!!!
     
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    Basically,any of the newer models,preferably the newer the better that still fits into your price band....something like the 507 should be ideal...also be careful of getting caught up in bidding on an item....set yourself a maximum,and dont go over it.
     
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    @ £1480, a Meridian 588 would be a great purchase.

    I've heard it numerous times and there's no doubt it has great ability.

    If i had some spare dosh, i'd saw his arm off for that.


    Adzman.
     
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    Spligsey, suprised to see you recomending Meridian Mate :devil:

    Seriously what amp in the meridian range would go with this?
     
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    sticker, i get boring after a while dont i!:D

    Depends on what you're after.

    Preamp + power amp, integrated amp, or just power amp?

    The big Meridian power amps are not particularly good WAF!!!!!

    My experience of Meridians 2 channel pre-amps/integrated is seriously limited.

    Adzman
     
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    Good to see the alternatives mate :smashin:

    Think I'll have to be looking at integrated, less boxes = higher WAF, if you get my drift.

    Meridian really appeals to me for 2 channel (although I did say multi channel I perferred Arcam/Tag, sorry Spligsey!) the Cd I heard really did sound good, will have to find out what it was tomorrow.
     
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    You do know your Doctor can look @ your ears mate!!!!:D

    Meridian integrated seems to point @ the 551 unit.

    55w @ 8 ohms or 80w @ 4 ohms.

    I haven't heard this unit, so i cannot give an opinion on it.

    It'll cost you about £900 new, or perhaps about £500-£550 ex-dem.

    I take it you listen to 2 channel stuff seperate from your AV stuff, although you have a cool Arcam front end there.


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    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Thanks for your help mate, just looking on Audiophilecandy, seen a 506 and a 502/501, doing some more investigation.

    Listen to 2 channel via the DV27/AV8 a lot, its very good, much better than my Marantz Cd/Marantz 6010Ki combo, but I want a seperate HiFi so that I can escape the wife's Emmerdale/Corrie/Eastenders/family affiars.........:laugh:
     
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    I dunno mate, you can't whack a bit of Pat Butcher in DPLII:laugh:

    One thing's for sure, for about 1K you'll be able to get a very nice CD player, as there are some cracking buys at that price.

    The ARCAM CD23T is another good player.
    I think the Linn Genki is a nice player too.
    I recently (very recently) heard a Marantz CD17 MKII KI. I thought it sounded pretty cool (hooked up to some KEF XQ speakers)

    One of the best (yawn time:eek: :eek: ) CD setups i've heard recently has to be a Meridian 588, hooked up to a pre-power combo.
    The power was the mighty Meridian 559 2 channel unit, which was pumped into B&W Signature 805's.
    (Alas, i didn't find out the preamp being used:rolleyes: )

    I played some of my type of music (D-Train) through the system & it was utterly fantastic. Real Groove factor & fantastic clarity.

    Hearing that made me realise that there is life left in the old dog named 'CD' for a while yet.

    Let me know what you end up with mate.


    Adz..
     
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    Thought about Cyrus?

    CD Player: CD7Q with PSX-R power supply (may want to consider new CD 8)

    Amp: Cyrus 8 with PSX-R

    Both of the above are in your price range, sound absolutely stunning and have high WAF to boot!
     
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    sticker possibly something else to consider not heard any of the above cd players but the njoe-tjoebe cd player has valve output stage starts at £430 is upgradable ,you can add 24bit 192 upsampler which then makes the total cost about £1000.
     
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    Linn Genki CD with matching Linn Kollector & LK85 (or LK 145) amp. Nice!
     
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    Would that be "You're The One For Me", original Shep Pettibone 12" remix?


    Sticker

    Get yourself a Meridian 200 or 602 transport with a decent outboard DAC, it'll save you a packet, they're the amongst the best transports ever made.
     
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    Afternoon Gary.

    Not quite mate, it was the "Labour Of Love" remix of "You're the one for me", with additional production by the master keyboard man: Paul Hardcastle.

    It's a seriously groovy tune and really shone on that system i previously stated.


    sticker: good advice from GaryG:smashin:


    aDZ...
     
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    Did it sound organic?
     
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    :D :D

    Nah, it sounded the b0ll0k$:cool:


    Adz....



    PS.....Gary, Inbox >>>
     
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    How frequently are b******s not organic?
     

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