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    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.

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    Default 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!

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    Default 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.

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    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.
    Paul

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    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)

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    I use a Cambridge Audio bluray player as a transport into a Naim Supernait dac, I'm very pleased with the results. (c7es2 & 50" panasonic 1080p plasma)

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    I have a couple in the house, neither of which would be considered close to "state of the art"-but each one offers high value.

    Upstairs: Ah! Tjoeb, the Dutch modified (tube output stage) Marantz player
    Downstairs: NAD C 542, very high bang for the buck with built in HDCD decoder

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    The first time I replied to this thread, I was using all Naim equipment (cd, integrated, power supply). I've gone back to using Jolida JD100 with a less expensive amp. Still sounds great.

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    Wadia's latest 381. Using its built in digital volume control to great effect .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G Smith View Post
    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.
    I'm considering an OPPO 83 Universal disc player. Has anyone any thoughts...?
    Paul

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    Rega Saturn...sounds fabulous with my P3's!

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    Exemplar Denon 3910 (redbook, SACD and DVD-A)

    HL-P3ES-2 30th Anniversary in Eucalyptus

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    hi, let's take a break and see what kind of digital sources that we use in our system in HUG:

    Meridian 507
    Naim CD5x + Flatcap2x
    Sugden Masterclass CDP
    Meridian 508.24
    Opera Consonance CD120 Linear
    Marantz CD17mkIII, Marantz CD6000KI and a Modded Lite Tube Dac 50
    YBA CD1 the double external power supply version, EAR Acute
    Bryston BCD-1. Wow.
    Luxman DU 80, Audio Note AN-2
    Streaming music with Linn Majik DS-I
    A MacBook, Bel Canto 24/96 USB-Link, and mhdt Havana DAC
    Macbook Pro - M2Tech Hiface - Naim DAC & Cambridge 650BD - Naim DAC
    Quad CD- 2, Oppo 980
    Quad 77
    PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport with a Bel Canto DAC3 using the Virtual Battery Supply VBS1
    McIntosh MCD-500 SACD/CD player
    Luxman D-06
    Sugden CDMaster
    Meridian G08.2
    Marantz CD16
    EERA DL1
    Naim CDS2
    Marantz SA-11S2
    PrimaLuna Prologue 8 tube CD player
    Nad M5.
    Copland CDA-277
    meridan 500 Mk II Transport running into a Naim DAC
    Rega Apollo
    accuphase 800/801 cd-sacd player
    Cambridge Azur 840C
    CEC junkie 3300 and tl51xr
    Arcam Alpha
    Linn Ikemi
    NAD 5440
    NaimUniti (nait 5i)
    Marantz SA15S1 CD/SACD
    Arcam Alpha6
    PrimaLuna Prologue 8
    Cambridge Audio bluray player as a transport into a Naim Supernait dac
    Tjoeb, the Dutch modified (tube output stage) Marantz player, NAD C 542
    Jolida JD100
    Wadia's 381.
    OPPO 83 Universal disc player?
    Rega Saturn
    Exemplar Denon 3910 (redbook, SACD and DVD-A)

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    "PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport with a Bel Canto DAC3 "
    An update:
    I've had the Bel Canto DAC3 modified to use the virtual battery supply (VBS1). This improved sound quality considerably: more natural tone quality from low to high, better sound stage particularly as regards depth and greater transparency. Altogether more musical.
    David

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    Another Arcam to the list - CD37. Replaced my Arcam Delta 70.2a few months back.

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    Ps Audio PWD/ Bridge streaming Alac, Flac, AIFF , redbook and Hi Rez

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    Quad 67 connected to Matrix (Synthesis) Dual mono Valve DAC. And even more time using heavily modified SqueezeBox.

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    I am CDP-less! I have embraced NAS and wireless music streaming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by denjo View Post
    I am CDP-less! I have embraced NAS and wireless music streaming!
    What precisely are you using, Denjo?

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    Hi Labarum
    Since my Quad 77 CDP packed up several years back, I decided to get a Squeezebox 3 (Classic), with RCA digital out to my Accuphase E560's internal DAC (DAC-20). The SB3 is powered by a shunt regulated Paul Hynes' PSU. The music files stored in my NAS are wirelessly streamed to the SB3. All controls and selection are via the SB3 remote. The SB3 also allows me listen to internet music which sounds quite decent when fed into my Accuphase internal DAC. I am reliably informed that my Accuphase DAC-20 houses a pair of Analog Devices 1955 DAC chip. The upgraded DAC-30 uses a pair of Burr-Brown DAC 1796 which allows up to 192 sampling. I hope this helps!

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