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Well There Was One Disc...
Posted by Luminator on February 12, 2003 at 09:28:09:
...that would intermittently stall. My copy of the Pet Shop Boys' "Discography" has a scratch in it. Sometimes, the Jade will not play through the scratch. It will just stall at that point. However, my other CD devices (CAL Delta, Linn Genki, Theta Data Basic II, NAD 5000, Creek CD43MK2, and Sony Discmen) didn't always play through the scratch cleanly, either. So I can't claim that the Jade tracks any worse than the other CD players and transports I've tried.
I also have the enhanced CD of Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son." The Creek can't even read the TOC, let alone play the tracks. But the Jade plays this disc perfectly.
Theta's old Data Basic II didn't reproduce image depth as well as the Jade, but it had a see-through clarity which I sorely miss. It was also more precise and rhythmic.
Once you hear a truly transparent transport, like the Mark Levinson No. 37, you'll see why I called the Jade "bland." The No. 37 does a MUCH better job at getting out of the way, and just reading what's on the disc. The No. 37 allows you to hear the differences in sound quality from disc to disc. When the recording sucks, you'll be able to hear where, why, and how. The Jade, OTOH, has this play-it-safe, regression-to-the-means performance that just grates on listeners over the long haul. Over time, I hear the 25% it doesn't do, rather than the 75% it does correctly.
I can't wait to find a reliable, ergonomic, aesthetically-pleasing transport that sounds honest. I want one that does not alter what is on the disc. There is so much music buried on our CDs. If my transport screws it up, then nothing I do downstream can ever recover that lost info.
-Lummy The Seahorse