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Like under $500
i bought an oppo970, and while the sound is amazingly good for the price, i'm amazed no one has highlighted what should be a critical flaw in an otherwise fine player: it inserts a one second gap between tracks on SACDs. not a problem is you listen to rock or jazz, but for most through composed works, like the recent LS operas, it's a disaster, completely destroying the flow of the music at every track change. oppo has said they'd try and fix it w/ a firmware update, but they're maddeningly vague w/ when that might come out. consequently, i'm probably returning it, and looking for something else.
Just bought one on eBay. Gorgeous sound in both SACD and redbook. Significantly better than my heavily modded Pioneer DV563-AS. Can't wait to start modding it...
I love mine, and it sounds better than my Pioneer Elite DV-47Ai on SACD and Redbook playback. I am likely going to send it to Matt Anker for modding. He did my other Sony player and it is amazing. The C222ES is a LOT better build quality than the 2000ES as well.
Thanks this is good info tat I can use.
Is the headphone output adequate or is a headphone amp needed?
...Models by Sony (several), Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, Yamaha, Arcam, Cambridge to name just a few.
Go to your local Barnes and Nobel and buy the Stereophile Buyers Guide (for 2006 - seven isn't out yet) and peruse the listings. Or go on eBay and buy a grey market Sony C2000ES changer for under $300. Pure DSD decoding and more transparent sound than other inexpenisve units...but many soudnd good.
Just bought one for my daughter off eBay for $220 + shipping. Not as impressive built as my two other Sonys, SCD-1 and NS999ES, but the sound is indistinguishable.
....unbelievable sound for the price. I think there would be a lot more enthusiasm about SACD if Sony had only gotten behind this machine and promoted it, along with some of their more accessible SACD disk releases.
Couldn''t agree more! Sony's marketing has been the downfall of the company. SACD, MD, the CD lock in fiasco, just to name the recent ones.... Oh yeah, and the I-Tunes thing, uh. Connect was one of the names they had for it...
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