Denon 2900 for 2ch?

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  1. Rich X

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    I've read lots of discussion about the Denon 2900's video, SACD, and DVD-A performance, but how is it for redbook CD?

    Has anyone done any comparisons with good stand alone CD players? I've been considering getting a 2900 but am wondering if it is realy an all-in-one solution or if I would be happier getting a good CD player or external DAC for redbook CD.

    Right now I am using an Integra DPS 9.1 for DVD-V, DVD-A, & CD, but I'm planning to move it into a different system and am looking for SACD capability in my main system.

    My system in brief:

    Anthem AVM-20 Pre/Pro
    Classe CA-201 2ch amp
    B&K 7250 5 ch amp
    Aerial 7b's
    Aerial cc3b center
    Aerial Sr3 surrounds
     
  2. Peter Loan

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    The 2900 has excellent sound quality for redbook CD. It sounded better than my 222ES changer and Rotel RCD-951 standalone player so I sold off both pieces. The transport is solid and the Burr Brown DACs make this a sweet sounding unit. I have my Outlaw 950 in bypass mode constantly.
     
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    I use my 950 in bypass with 2-ch from the Denon 2900, also.....it sounds great. I didn't expect to notice such a difference, but it was there. The 2900 is awesome for audio.....not too shabby with the picture, either [​IMG]
     
  4. Rich X

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    Thanks for the feedback. It may be just a case of needing to get one and try it. I would be very interested if there is anyone else who has done some a/b testing between the 2900 and stand alone CD players.
     
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    I compared the 2900 with my Sony 555ES player and I did prefer the Sony(especially in the upper midrange and treble), but the Denon does redbook very well for a DVD player.

    DJ
     
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    Try it,you'll like it.
     
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    The redbook and all the audio options on the 2900 sound fantastic. You should check one out, you won't be disapointed with the audio capabilities on this machine.
     
  8. Rich X

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    Thanks. The Sony555es is a great sounding player. This is kind of what I figured--that it would be good but not really comparable to similarly priced stand alones (nor should we really expect it to be). I may just get one and live with it for while and then make up my mind about adding a stand alone CD player or DAC later.
     

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