Which 5/6 disk CD changer to buy?

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  1. Kevin Biller

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    Can someone share there experiences/ feelings on what cd changer I should buy. I am wanting to upgrade my old MASH technics CD player.
    I have looked at models from Integra and Denon. Denon uses the Burr-Brown DAC while Integra uses a Accupulse Quartz DAC. Which one is considered superior? Are there other models I should be considering, ie. Marantz, etc.
    I currently own the Integra 7.1 receiver. I am leaning to a cd player analog's outs rather than using Digital outs and letting my receiver decode.
     
  2. Mark C.

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    Hey, Kevin:
    I highly recommend Marantz. I've owned the Marantz CC-67 5-disk changer for 1 1/2 years. It's great. Quiet tray, quick play feature, and there's not a lot of quiet time between tracks when on random. The CC-67 is the predecessor to the 3000 and 4000 models. I've owned Denon and Sony CD players/changers, and although either of those brands would be good buys in the under $300 category, they don't quite measure up to the Marantz IMHO.
     
  3. Kevin Biller

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    Thanks for the recommendation Mark,
    How do the DAC's in the Marantz compare to those in the Denon or Onkyo? From my travels as well, Marantz seems to be a very well respected CD manufacture.
     
  4. Seungsoo Hwang

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    Im actually looking to change from a technics to a Denon myself. I have heard good things about the Denon DCM-370 as a budget mid-fi player. Also has a nice headphone jack.
     
  5. KeithH

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    Kevin, one point you made requires clarification:
     
  6. Kevin Biller

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    Based on value, I am leaning towards either the Denon DCM-370 or the Sony SCD-CE775, for their dual ability to play another format other than just CD's. I think I will pass on the Integra b/c it is a CD only player, and I can't get a response from Onkyo on how its DAC compares to the Burr-Brown DAC.
    I guess I need some guiding light to show me which format: HDCD or SACD will be more popular. I have seen HDCD already in my local area, but not SACD. Has anyone heard comparable recordings of each and which is better? It would be much simplier if someone would just make a player that played all formats. I guess there would be no reason to buy something new though.
     
  7. Mark C.

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    Kevin:
    I'm not a spec guy when it comes to the type of DACs used in hardware, but I know I prefer the analog connection from my Marantz over the digital connection to my Nakamichi AV-10 HT receiver. The analog connection (using the player's DAC) is much more fuller than the digital connection. Like I said before, Denon, Sony, Marantz, you really can't go wrong with any of these brands. I just know that my wife and I are really pleased with the performance of the Marantz. Good Luck.
     

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