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Suggestions for new CD player

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by davehk, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. davehk

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    My venerable Arcam Delta70.2 is giving up the ghost - after 20+ years it doesn't owe me anything. So, what to replace it with?

    Given my kit list (see sig) and the fact that I plan to add an Arcam A90 nexy year, the Arcam players are an obvious choice. I wonder how much difference I could hear between the CD73 and the 192? I could also get the 73 and upgrade it later. But what other makes/models should I listen to?

    Music will be mainly classical, and much of that large scale choral work. But also some mid-late 20th century rock, some jazz.

    Suggestions of players to audition would be welcome. The CD192 is probably at the upper end of the budget.
     
  2. Scott_Mac

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    Having been a former Arcam whore, i went into a local HiFi shop 5 years ago to listen to some new speakers... i walked out with a Naim Nait 3R amp as it made my current setup sound so much better. I've since added a Naim CD3 to it and it is a huge improvement once more!

    So i'd put one of those on the audition list... though you may want to try the CD5 or 5i as they are a little less forward sounding - depends on what floats your boat really :)
     
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    Shop around a bit and you could find an FMJ CD33 for about the same price as a CD192. It's a much more refined and grown up disc spinner and to my ears really is a few levels ahead of the CD192. I think I'd have to spend over £2500 to improve on the sound of my CD33. Have a listen to the CD36 at a dealer if you can't find a CD33 to demo, the sound will be reasonably similar. Then compare that to the CD192 and see what you think.
     
  4. davehk

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    Hmm - good idea, I'll give that a try.
     
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    You must audition the Exposure XXII. It ain't cheap but it sure is dandy.
     
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    I have a very Nice Linn Unidisk 1.1 for sale in the classifieds....:)
     
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    An alternative might be a second hand Alpha5 (ebay £100) and send it to Avondale Audio for some serious tweaking. By all accounts you end up with an amazing sounding player to compete with £1000+ CD players
     
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    Try listening to a Unison Research Unico CD player. Me bought one a few weeks ago and love it to bits. Would rather let someone take my liver than the cd player.

    Sue n Rob
     
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    I've often considered selling a kidney to finance my AV habit :) . Does ebay deal in body organs yet?
     
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    Secondhand FMJ CD Players seem to go reasonably cheap on ebay, maybe give one of them a go?
     
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    I had a play recently with the primare CD21, very nice machine. Excellent detail retrieval, beautifully made, heavy as! Worth an audition.
     
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    Hi,

    Here's a couple of alternatives, first off, try to get a listen to the Shanling CD-T80, it costs around £650, but I've heard this player against the new meridian G series player, and the G Series has astonishing resolution, imaging and speed, yet the music just didn't sound as natural as the CDT-80. You need to support it properly, some RDC cones are a great match, but it is exquisitely built, sonically superb and is well within your budget. If you want to get really clever, you may want to try and old Marantz CD player off E-Bay as a transport, then match that with a used Musical Fidelity Tri Vista 21 DAC.

    Finally if you really want to make a mess of your budget, then nip down your local Lidl, pick up an under £30 DVD player, and use that to feed a Benchmark DAC-1, the whole package is under £1,000, but it will sonically take on far more expensive competition.

    I know none of these recommendations are exactly mainstream, but I've heard them all and know they work astonishingly well for very modest cost.

    Best wishes,

    Dave
     
  13. davehk

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    Well, quite a few replies - but I only got an e-mail notifcation for the last one since JH1's.

    Thanks all. Now I just have to locate dealer to do the auditions!
     
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    I'd also listen to the Sony SCD-XA9000ES - yes I know it's a Sony but it sounds pretty good and you can find them with significant reductions. Then you get CD and SACD together (great for classical and big choral). If you're in North London you're more than welcome to come over for a listen.
     
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    If its not too late I'd stick either of the rega players (planet or jupiter) on the list. Both are lovely sounding and can be found reasonably cheaply ex-dem too.
     
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    I love my Musical Fidelity A.3 CD Player..
    Not many reviews around so go and listen... It was the only one at the price bracket that was more analogue sounding...
     
  17. davehk

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    to close the loop:

    I had the opportunity to aquire a brand new CD93T (predecessor to the CD192, I think) at a very good price, so I went for it.

    So far I'm very happy with it.
     
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    Now, I'm not one for promoting the use of over-priced cd players, but God damn it, that G07 is a sexual box of electronics.

    DT
     
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    Should try the G08 then!! :devil:
     
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    The Moon players should be on your listen list.
    I will second the Arcam fmj cd33t, It has a more refined, cleaner and deeper sound than the cd192 and maybe you could pick one up cheap as it has been superceded.
     
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    Shanling 80 CD player (with valve output stage) is wetting my appetite at £650.
     

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