Recommendation for Highend CD player

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  1. pink

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    I am looking for a Highend CD Player. I am not up to date with new CD Players. I do have to get one for music, Blue Ray Players just don't get it. Picture is great but soundquality to me is very poor. Maybe some one can recommend a good CD Player for a reasonable price. The last player I bought was about ten years ago for $4000.-- but I sold it, actually to buy a Blue Ray. Times have changed so I am looking for something good at a decend price. Thanks for any suggestions.
     
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  4. Alon Goldberg

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    Hi Roger, my system currently consists of a Naim CD5x ($3,250.00) with a Naim FlatCap-2x power supply ($1,250.00). Absolutely astounding for CD playback, by far the best I've heard in this price range. However, this CD Player needs to properly matched with pre-amp, poweramp and speakers in order to truly reach its potential. What system do you presently own?

    http://www.tnt-audio.com/sorgenti/naim_cd5x_e.html
    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/Magazin...tem_review.htm
    http://www.stereophile.com/cdplayers/1104naim/

    Also for far less money I would strongly consider a Marantz CD5001 or Rega Apollo, both are excellent contenders and very easy to match with most systems

    Cheers,
    Alon
     
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    Have you considered switching to a PC based audio system? Rip your CDs to a hard drive and play them back through a Slim Devices Squeeze Box 3 or a Transporter with a really good DAC, possibly modified.
     
  7. Alon Goldberg

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    Hi Dan, the Squeezebox 3 is very good (I own one as well for streaming FLAC), however it's still not quite on par with a good CD Player. Though I've heard many people have had excellent results with the SB3 with a Benchmark DAC-1 or Behringer DAC.

    But you do make for a good point with the Transporter, which combines a streaming music player with an oustanding DAC (no need to purchase an outboard DAC with this solution)

    Cheers,
    Alon
     
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    How to these players compare to the old Camelot Roundtable which I paid 4000.00 about ten years ago (and regret that I sold to go Blue Ray) or the Nakamichi 10S which I also let go cheap.
     
  9. Alon Goldberg

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    I wouldn't know, I haven't heard either of those CD players.. your best bet is to go and audition several players, and if possible ask for a home demo so that you can try the new player within your own system before investing in a new player

    A CD Player or turntable is a very subjective purchase, you have some good recommendations on this thread for different models to get you started

    Cheers,
    Alon
     

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