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  • coredump
    started a topic what CDP are you using?

    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


  • coredump
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    My trust Marantz

    Still keeping my Marantz SA11S2 SACD. this is a superb CDP and good built

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  • Labarum
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    Flac v. MP3

    Originally posted by willem View Post
    My preference is for a modern middle of the road Bluray player.
    I haven't played a CD in years. They are all ripped to FLAC on hard drive (with back up), but that FLAC collection is copied to Google Play Music where I can access them anywhere at 320 kb/s MP3. It would be sheer bravado to say I can reliably tell the difference when FLAC and 320 kb/s MP3 tracks are played back on the same system.

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    Second hand Philips

    Philips cd 210, second hand store for euro 4.95 ( the point is correct). I year ago I sold my copland cda 277 because the difference in sound with my sonos was negligible.

    But I missed the player because sometimes you simply want to play a cd, and now the sound difference with sonos is negligible again ! I have to admit the looks are not gorgeous at all but I simply close the cabinet, no remote so no problem.

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  • willem
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    Bluray for me

    My preference is for a modern middle of the road Bluray player.

    I am not convinced spending more gives better sound, and I do not want to be without the video, for watching movies, but also the ballet or opera stage.

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  • Tiffany.S
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    Accuphase

    Accuphase DP75v. Sitting on bamboo chopping board, on Vibro cones and Vibro Pods.

    Best I have heard in my system. And it looks totally gorgeous

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  • asaph
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    Rega Saturn

    Rega Saturn through LFD MKiv with LFD power,speaker, and interconnect cabling.

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  • maxbertola
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    Naim to Rega

    During the last seven years, I have been using Naim CD players. I have had a few models, from CD5i to CDX2/XPS.2.
    I am now using a CD5i, with a Nait 5i. The lack of an empty socket for an external psu is very reassuring..
    A few days ago, though, I have heard a rega Apollo, finding it natural, genuine and convincing.

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    Great, affordable options

    I drive a pair of P3ES-2s by a Rotel RA-1062 amp, paired with its sibling RCD-1072. Great-sounding low-to-mid price gear.

    Alternative sources are a Squeezebox Duet (mostly for internet radio) and occasionally a portable DVD player, both connected via a DACMagic.

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  • Awsbass
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    Accuphase DP-55V

    Just switched from the Lector 7 Mk3 to an Accuphase DP-55V. Not the same resolution but surely a nice player, works very nicely with my M30's being a little softer and rounder.
    For HDCD i use my old Arcam Alpha 9. Still a great player! Paid 70 GPB for it, and that is just silly..

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  • Milosz
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    Unique Plinius

    I use a couple of different CD players in my two stereo systems: Plinius CD-101 in the whole Plinius set, now vintage Advantage CD-1 and also a small outboard DAC Musical Fidelity V-DAC.

    I really like the Plinius, it is elegant and original in that it does not have a display. It's one of its kind.

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    Cantata

    The Cantata is absolutely amazing. But very expensive but it is very well backed up and I will have it for a long time.

    It is also a beautiful piece or should I say kit.

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    105

    Try the new 105 it's incredible.

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  • chicks
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    Fd-1010

    Rarely play CDs these days, but my old Philips / Magnavox FD-1010, from the early '80's, is always a pleasure. An ergonomic masterpiece.

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  • Miles MG
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    Tascam CD

    Unusually, I use a Tascam CD-RW700 as I transfer vinyl, R to R tapes and Cassettes to CD. I do this on a semi-pro basis. It is a competent CD player and very reliable, as is all Tascam kit. Professionals need reliable equipment !

    I also use a Naim CD 3.5 on a second system with my HL-P3s. It is the closest I have heard to a good turntable. Yes, I really like playing records...

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