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  • what CDP are you using?

    Hi

    Which is the favourite CDP that you are using or have used? can share with us?

    leave those TT, servers, tuner aside for the time being


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    Re: what CDP are you using?

    Originally posted by coredump View Post
    Hi

    Which is the favourite CDP that you are using or have used? can share with us?

    leave those TT, servers, tuner aside for the time being

    Hi,

    I'm using a Meridian 507 since 2003 without a single problem. No XLR conns, but I belong to those who doubt their so widely proclaimed superiority, especially against quality RCAs. My amp also (McIntosh MA 6500) doesn't provide such conns, so no thinking about it. A very nice and neutral all rounder, also matching very well indeed with warm & sweet sounding amps - IMHO of course. It didn't cost a fortune, anyhow I don't believe in skyhigh priced cdp's, I'd rather pay a good sum for a fine vinyl system... (which I -thanks God- already have).
    I also run a Yamaha CDR1500-HDD, which is very heavy and enough complicated, but does perform very well (especially in record/write mode), although a bit noisy while the the HDD works. For the money, it's a damn good machine!

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    • #3
      Re: what CDP are you using?

      I have been using Naim CD5x for some years now and recently added a Flatcap2x power supply with great results. It has been and still is an absolutely "honest" reference source with all Harbeth models and all kinds of music I have bought these years.

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      • #4
        Re: what CDP are you using?

        Sugden Masterclass CDP - The most natural sounding digital source I?ve heard. Inexpensive too.

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        • #5
          Re: what CDP are you using?

          Meridian 508.24 cd player.

          I want a Sugden Masterclass at some point.

          Also listen to Radio 3 on my Audiolab tuner - very good indeed!

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          • #6
            Re: what CDP are you using?

            Originally posted by nicedoc441 View Post
            Meridian 508.24 cd player.

            I want a Sugden Masterclass at some point.

            Also listen to Radio 3 on my Audiolab tuner - very good indeed!
            Ooo ? live recitals from Radio 3 are stunning on a nice tuner ? good work!

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            • #7
              Re: what CDP are you using?

              Opera Consonance CD120 Linear.

              Smooth player

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              • #8
                Re: what CDP are you using?

                Naim CD5X w/Flatcap 2X. Very nice sounding.

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                • #9
                  Re: what CDP are you using?

                  Marantz CD17mkIII, Marantz CD6000KI and a Modded Lite Tube Dac 50.
                  "Bath with Music"

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                  • #10
                    Re: what CDP are you using?

                    YBA CD1 in the double external power supply version: extremely transparent, precise, neutral and dynamic, yet with texture, body , fabulous tonality... liquid, delicate, refined. Great soundstaging and imaging, too.

                    I also have an EAR Acute with nos siemens valves: very close to the YBA in everything if not quite as transparent and with the same clarity.

                    Some "vintage" cdp's sound very good and will last (YBA's, Meridian 506, 507, 508, Revox 226, Teac VRDP 10 ...) because the mechanical part was much better and there was a greater choice of chips available, allowing to take the signal right after conversion and customize it.
                    Today's most expensive CDP's use cheap cdrom heads or the only still made for audio (Philips PRO2) which is still a far cry from the best made 20 years ago. And most chips are an all inclusive package.

                    Harbeth's - in my case M40.1's - are very balanced and work well with a lot of different electronics, including CDP's.

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                    • #11
                      Re: what CDP are you using?

                      Bryston BCD-1. Wow.

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                      • #12
                        Re: what CDP are you using?

                        Luxman DU 80 - Very Nice Indeed !

                        Audio Note AN-2 - Restores faith in digital.

                        Pentagon CD 70- Made in Germany

                        Sony CDPC 505- Makes me wish I was deaf. Hateful in every way.

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                        • #13
                          Re: what CDP are you using?

                          No CDP. Streaming music with Linn Majik DS-I.

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                          • #14
                            Re: what CDP are you using?

                            A CD player? So 20th century!

                            A MacBook, Bel Canto 24/96 USB-Link, and mhdt Havana DAC. Sounds great.

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                            • #15
                              Re: what CDP are you using?

                              Currently: Macbook Pro - M2Tech Hiface - Naim DAC &
                              Cambridge 650BD - Naim DAC

                              Previously...

                              Macbook Pro - Weiss DAC2

                              Slim Devices Transporter

                              Naim CD5X

                              Slim Devices Squeezebox 2 + Lavry DA10
                              Slim Devices Squeezebox 2 + Beresford DAC
                              Slim Devices Squeezebox 2 + Benchmark DAC1

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