best cd player for $500?

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  1. Warren Hubbs

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    is sacd worth getting?....thanks for your time
     
  2. KeithH

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    Warren, welcome to the Forum. SACD is worth getting, as it provides a definite improvement over CD, though so does DVD-Audio. In any event, you will have to decide if SACD players in your price range provide the best CD playback to your ears.
    With respect to SACD players, if you can stretch your budget to around $600, consider the Sony SCD-C555ES five-disc carousel SACD/CD changer. It is a great CD player for the money, and SACD is a bonus. I like the player so much, I have two of them -- one in each of my stereo systems. Anyway, build quality is first-rate (the player weighs a bit over 24 lbs.), and the 'C555ES comes with five-year warranty (US only). Sony has dropped the retail price of the 'C555ES from $1700 (when released in April 2001) to $800, and although there have been rumors that Sony would be discontinuing it, it is still in production. No replacement for the 'C555ES has been announced by Sony. In any event, authorized mail-order dealers such as Oade Bros. (1-229-228-0093 or 1-229-228-4480), J&R Music World (1-800-221-8180), and OneCall (1-800-340-4770) sell the 'C555ES for around $600. I have ordered from all three, and they are all legit. In fact, I bought my first 'C555ES from OneCall and the second one from J&R. Finally, the 'C555ES has been discussed here extensively, so do a search for more opinions.
    A cheaper SACD player to consider is the Sony SCD-C222ES. Although it retails for $500, the dealers mentioned above sell it for around $350. The 'C222ES does not offer the build or performance with CDs or SACDs of the 'C555ES, but it is a very good player in its own right. Like the 'C555ES, the 'C222ES has been discussed here, so I recommend you do a search for more information. Finally, check www.crutchfield.com for pictures, features, etc. for the 'C222ES.
    The subject of $500 CD players has been discussed here quite a bit as well, so a search should prove helpful. Some good CD players for around $500 (some possibly a bit more) to consider include the following:
    * Ah Njoe Tjoeb 4000 (pronounced Ah-ha! New Tube 4000; see www.upscaleaudio.com for more information)
    * Heart CD5000 and Heart CD6000 (see www.fsaudioweb.com for more information)
    * Rotel RCD-02
    * NAD C 521i and C 541i
    * Arcam DiVA CD62T and DiVA CD72T
    * Cambridge Audio D300SE and D500SE
    Hope this helps. Best of luck in your search.
     
  3. Piers C

    Piers C Stunt Coordinator

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    Keith,
    You continue to amaze me by how generous you are with your time & comments. You always take the time to provide solid recommendations and outline as many options as possible for members on the board.
    Keep up the good work!
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  4. Allan_Lim

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    I second that, Keith you're awesome.

    Thanks for all the advice you've given me.
     
  5. KeithH

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    Piers and Allan, thanks. :b
     

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