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Good Quality Transport suggestions and reasons

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Knightshade, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. Knightshade

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    Hi All,
    As the title suggests I'm looking for a high quality transport.
    I've just come through a truely annoying brush with a Audia Flight CD1. Now winging it's way back to Italy.... I've also tried my el cheapo DVD player but I couldn't live with it full time.
    Build quality and sound are the most important thing. I want it to sound good, for a long time! It must also have balanced outputs and look half decent.
    If you could also mention where in the Country your suggestions are stocked it would be very helpfull.
    Currently on the short list are:

    Chord Blu
    LINN Unidisc
    DCS Verdi

    Thankyou all.
     
  2. dynamic turtle

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    Dude, you must have money to burn ;)

    The only ones that spring to mind are the Tag CDT20, Tag DVD32r, Meridian 600, Teac P-70 (yummy!) and the Wadia 8.

    I haven't heard any of these, but then again, I can't tell the difference between transports, especially if the Dac is a re-clocker.

    I would've thought a seperate clock-locking output (like the tag sync-link) would be more important than xlr output btw.

    DT
     
  3. Knightshade

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    Thanks DT, Do you know anyone who stocks Wadia and Teac?
    I have to replace my old transport......
    The XLR connection is the best input for the DAC I plan on using. I do agree though it is quite difficult to tell between transports. I've heard the ones I listed and found there's not much between them. But a big difference between them and others.
     
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    Chord Blu looks stunning and is built like a battleship only thing is its a top loader which may or may not matter.
     
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    What is the difference between a transport and a CDP?
     
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    Not much :D

    A transport has the digital-to-analogue conversion and analogue output (phono) sections removed. Money saved on these components is spent on an improved power supply, laser assembly and sturdier casework, generally.

    DT
     
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    Actually the laser assembly is very very likely to be the same. There are so few manufacturers of these and they dont tend to offer them if different "qualities"

    The casework is complete nonesense, so it is down to power supplies which quite frankly for a CD player/Transport an A-Level could design.
     
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    Re the laser assembly, they could use longer-lasting glass optics over plastics optics (potentially, though I agree with your point).

    Re the casework, I believe anti-resonance and damping measures offer effective improvements. Many, many manufacturers pay close attention to this, so there's probably something in it ;)

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    Cheers DT, Saved me a lot of trawling.....:smashin:

    Granted the PSU is very important and easy to get horrendously wrong. But Its what's done with the transport mechansim by the system designers that really counts. Most seem to forget that a good product can often be improved.
     
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    Also Knightshade, you should perhaps take a look at Lector. Small Italian operation with some interesting spinners: http://www.docet-lector.com/start.htm

    Difficult to find over here though. Good value IMO, considering the build, technology & handcrafting.

    I'm pretty sure another forum member has a Lector, but I can't think of his name...

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    Thanks DT that looks like the type of thing i'm after. I've emailed them.
    It's a real pig trying to find a really good transport.
    I've just scrubbed the Chord Blu off the list. For £4300 it's one of the most uninspiring transports i've heard. Compressed soundstage and a generally 'flat' sound. Can't believe people actually buy it and like it.... Anyone else thought this or is it just me?
    Also I've found a dealer for this little baby: http://www.combak.net/reimyo/CDP-777.htm Hoping to arrange a demo sometime soon.
     
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    The latest Chord gear has really divided opinion. IMO, at that price, there should be doubt about the performance/quality of a product - it should ALWAYS be astounding!!

    Forgot about Reimyo. Never seen, let alone heard any of their equipment. The hi-fi press seem to rave about them though.

    Also might be worth checking out Accuphase too. Shadow have a DP67 for sale: http://www.shadowaudio.co.uk/usedequipment/. Very good vfm at £4500, let alone £3k, given the studio-grade engineering & build.

    Not sure if they have any stand-alone transports in their current range.

    Rgds,
    DT
     

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