In Reply to: ? best sounding portable posted by fstein on August 15, 2012 at 14:33:02:
In CD players? With S/PDIF outputs? I suspect the choice will be extremely limited; that was never a common feature. I've been scanning yard sales and thrift stores for a while, and have only come across three portables with optical outputs, and two of them turned out to be broken. The latest one is a Sony D-E705 complete with RM-DM27L wired remote with display (but proprietary connector from that to the earbuds), and the digital ouput actually works. (The broken Sony is a D-EJ715, if you want to set up a saved search on eBay.)
Some portable DVD players include didital outputs; those may be your best bet, though they are much bulkier and power hungry (and AFAIK use proprietary battery packs with limited life spans).
As for the sound quality, I suspect there's nothing magical about any of the portables... they simply provide a competent S/PDIF output and, bits being bits, that's all you need. People are just amazed that something that small and cheap can sound OK.
I guess I could verify bit-perfection by playing a DTS CD... if it sounds like music and not Merzbow, then I can be very confident that what was on the CD is coming out the Toslink unmolested. If I can find that DTS CD, I'll report back with how it sounds.
I found a DTS CD, and when played on the Sony D-E706 through Toslink to the AV receiver, it is recognized as DTS and plays correctly.
Further thoughts: if you find a unit with S/PDIF out but that has problems reading CDs, there's a reasonable chance you can swap in the drive mechanism from another model.
The other portable with optical S/PDIF was a JVC XL-PG7, dated November 1999. I can't get anything out of the optical port, though. But, my general impression is that the Sony CD players are better thought through, except for the later ones that stick the battery compartment under the CD. That is annoying because popping the cover resets the position memory,. The older ones allowed you to change the batteries and resume listening without losing the track position.
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