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#1 of 8 Sathyan

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Posted October 05 2003 - 02:41 PM

I have been offered a <1 year used Music Hall CD25 HDCD player is good condition (no problems I noticed) for US$325 delivered. Is this a good deal?

Any comments on the player itself? (I've read AudioReview and the 6moons review) Few of my CD's are HDCD so I'm more concerned with regular redbook performance.

What is an appropriate analogue interconnect to use (I've been using the freebies for everything else)?

My system:
Onkyo TX-SR500 receiver
KLH 900B speakers
other audio sources:
Sony PS-LX56 turntable/Radio Shack phono stage
Onkyo TA-RW244 tape deck
Sony CDP-CE375 CD changer <--- this is what I'm upgrading
Sony DVP-NS315 DVD player
Pioneer DV-563SA DVD/SACD player
Panasonic PV-8450 VCR
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz soundcard


#2 of 8 Dan Driscoll

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Posted October 06 2003 - 04:11 AM

$325 is a decent price, unmodded used units typically sell for $350-$500.

For some user comments, look here.

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#3 of 8 Danny Tse

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Posted October 06 2003 - 07:21 AM

This unit looks to be the player the Music Hall CD25 was based on.

Even though this isn't the "Speakers" section, check out Usher Audio's speakers....some are designed by Joseph D'Appolito.
SACD not listed at sa-cd.net (updated 8/26/2009)

#4 of 8 Chu Gai

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Posted October 06 2003 - 09:54 AM

Music Hall as others import their players from overseas and it wouldn't surprise me to see similar units with slightly different faceplates.

#5 of 8 FeisalK

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Posted November 13 2003 - 03:02 PM

here's the manufacturer website

Sathyan, did you get the player?
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#6 of 8 Sathyan

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Posted January 05 2004 - 05:13 AM

FeisalK,

I got the player (over the Christmas holiday) and am very pleased with the sound produced and imaging. I now prefer CDs to SACDs.

I also bought a Straightwire Chorus interconnect to go with it.

Sathyan


#7 of 8 FeisalK

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Posted January 06 2004 - 01:48 AM

Sathyan thanks. damn thats tempting now. I was quoted USD295 shipped to Singapore (from HK)

have you got a lot of HDCDs? i was surprised to find that i had quite a few myself - not paid attention to the packaging before.
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#8 of 8 Sathyan

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Posted January 06 2004 - 09:09 AM

Keep in mind I'm upgrading from using a DVD player (Pioneer DV563) so all discs sound better.

Well-recorded discs like XRCDs sound much much better. As far as HDCDs, I only have a few but now will buy more as they are cheap. For the pop HDCDs (C. Wright, M. McBride, Dixie Chicks, etc.) there wasn't a big improvement but on the serious music (Lara St. John, Madeleine Peyroux, Reference Recordings reissues, etc.) astonishing depth was added.
In fact, I'd say the Reference Recordings catalogue (http://referencerecordings.com/) is the biggest reason to own an HDCD player