In Reply to: Re: Xindak Tube CD/SACD Player or Jolida JD-100 ? posted by Socrates on February 08, 2003 at 14:08:49:
I have a new Jolida CD100A, and so far it's met or exceeded all my expectations. As we know it's strictly a redbook player (why didn't they also add HDCD playback to it?). Due to the reapir of my speaker cables (spade broke off and they are doing it on warranty)I've only listened to it with headphones and no speakers or preamp involved.
The one thing I noticed right off the bat was that the bass drum actually sounded like a 24" drum!The brass is very detailed, and the whole thing is very comfortable to listen to.
Compaired to my Cal Delta/MSB combo upstairs it seems to be much deeper in the sound (or maybe more rounded). It sounds as good as the Delta with upsampleing, and will only get better as it goes. The only real gripe I have is that the CD drive can be heard if you are close to it, but still isn't what I'd call noisey. I might add that it blows out that $1K Sony I have playing redbook CD's, but so does the Cal Delta combo. So this leaves me pacing the floor waiting on Audioquest!
Well I just hooked the speaker cables up only to find that I still needed one more interconnect. So we used a Monster850 we had here.
Really sounds nice. Much better than I expected. The first cd I played thru my Soliloquys was a Kenny Chesney cd and it was nice and clean.Then I put in a Dave Grusin all digital cd and things took off!
I heard things on it that I never knew were there. After that I put the Telarc Ray Brown cd featuring the trumpets of his friends. It just got better and better. Only complaint was that I thought the bass
didn't quite mimmick the 24" drum (probably the speakers), but still was extremely tight.The brass was very very detailed, and the trumpet actually sounded like Payton in a small club! This cd player is a keeper for sure, and it'll only get better.
I don't have that XA777es, you must think I'm someone else. I have a 9000 DVD player. Has the very best picture I've ever seen, and the sonics are a little better than my old Kenwood cd player playing redbook cd's. I wasn't impressed with it playing what few SACD's I have.
FYI...I had the player in for 2 plus weeks courtesy of Acoustic Sounds. There are many things about this player I like, for instance, it has a very clean and quite noise floor(non-tube character). It was scary to see the tube enclosed inside with no vents for air circulation.
I would describe it as a very clean unromantic player with lots of good detail. Perhaps even decribe it as a more 'neutral' than the Philips 1000. But ultimately inspite of its enourmous power supply and custom caps, I decided against it.
The PRAT was not there so I could not live with it. This player maybe
better in a different system surrounded with tubes. Pay attention to the preamp matching with this player. I did not have the luxury to try it with different equipment.
The best feature on this player is its volume pot! I really hope that someone can duplicate this feature. There is enough gain to drive the amplifier/speaker combo. It was a joy to play with the volume settings on the remote!
Overall, I would recommend that you audition it. My gut feeling is that in the right system it will match very well. Excellant quality for the price.
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