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  • #31
    Use the Nad M5.


    • #32
      I use the Copland CDA-277 as the basic player and a SONY NS-900-V


      • #33
        A lovely old (but in perfect!) Meridan 500 Mk II Transport running into a Naim DAC. To complete the picture, the DAC runs into a DNM 3C Six pre amp and DNM PA2B monoblocs into my P3ESRs...wonderful in every way!


        • #34
          Bodfish, seriously nice system. Enjoy!



          • #35
            I'm using a recently bought Rega Apollo.



            • #36

              i am using accuphase 800/801 cd-sacd player on my harbeth m40.1. for me simply the best.
              Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS


              • #37
                I'm using a Cambridge Azur 840C. I really appreciate it. A great cost/quality value.



                • #38
                  im a CEC junkie 3300 and tl51xr
                  Attached Files


                  • #39
                    Arcam Alpha (original type, about 20 years old), with a few component substitutions & improved power rail decoupling on the DAC board. There are plenty of better CD players, but maybe not for around 30.


                    • #40
                      That post brought a smile to my face! My first ‘proper’ CD player was an Arcam Alpha 1. Their amps were excellent value. It was royally shown up by the Linn turntable I had at the time, but was a fraction of the cost and held its own considering s! I bought a Linn Ikemi after the Arcam which was very nice indeed. This can be purchased used for very little nowadays . In fact, the performance jump between the Ikemi and the machine which replaced it, the Linn Unidisk 1.1, certainly didn’t justify the massive difference in price, in retrospect.


                      • #41
                        My first, after i could afford one, was a NAD 5440. It made nice music. Requiring a badly needed lobotomy at the time, I opened it, dismantled everything I could with a screwdriver and put blu-tak between any surface which met another. It didn’t survive a fedex journey down under though.


                        • #42
                          Arcam, NaimUniti

                          My first serious player was the Arcam 5 Plus (wow, what a wonderful CDP), then a Quad 77 and now a NaimUniti (essentially a Naim 5i). Honestly, I spend more time listening to streamed music (CDs are ripped and stored in computer) which is so much simpler and convenient! I can run through my 200 CD collection with a touch of the button!


                          • #43
                            Marantz SA15S1

                            A Marantz SA15S1 CD/SACD (2 channel). On the plus side, the advantages of Super Audio over Red Book can easily be distinguished. On the minus side, the player is not as 'peppy' as some players I've heard. Still, the Marantz makes for a nice non fatiguing player.


                            • #44
                              Arcam players seem to be most peoples starting point and I am still using my Alpha6 but as a transport, feeding the D/A in my Bryston preamp.
                              I was thinking of getting a Blueray player which will play just about everything including CDs and SACDs. Does anyone else use a DVD / Blueray player for audio?
                              I'm also considering a SONOS setup.

                              "If all else fails, read the instructions"


                              • #45
                                PrimaLuna Prologue 8 with the upgraded chipset. Also, sits on Stillpoints, HiFi Tuning fuse, Cardas Golden Reference power cord, and I'm getting ready to try some tube rolling! (C7ES-3 and REL B3)