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In Reply to: RE: Why do CD transports cost more than CD players? posted by Tra708 on March 09, 2017 at 05:42:36
which brands/models are you researching?
I just spent a lot of money on new speakers, and wanted to start playing my favorite cd's again. But not every day. (I usually stream music thru a BlueSound).
It's pretty easy to find a used CD player for little money, but I realized that my BelCanto has a DAC already in it, so I thought it might be cool to just get a transport.
It turned out to be much more difficult to find a cheap one.
I wanted to know why they cost more, with what I thought was less stuff inside.
That's my story! :)
If you are already streaming music through a Bluesound, rip your CDs to disk and stream them to your Bluesound..... Problem solved for zero expense.
I went through the process a short time ago, and this is what I found.. Could be right or wrong, but my experience.
There is a split at the mid price range. The upper price transports are purpose built, with unique circuit boards and parts, and are designed for performance. The quality of sound (and price) of the upper end units can be quite stunning, for example a Levinson 37.
The lower tier are often built with standard 'low end' CD player pc boards and parts (often Pioneer). Often they have fancy enclosures with thick fancy faceplates, but better not to look inside (I found out when I peeked inside the EDA T-1000). This is not to say that they play badly, but seem to be leveraging the transport allure to get a high price for CD player bits. Check out some transport reviews on Lampizator - both amusing and frightening......
Pretty stunning results can be obtained from a good transport and DAC. I do not stream, so I have no comparison to what you can do with digital streaming. I would suggest that if high fidelity is what you seek, then the components you get have to be up to the task. Get a poor transport and you are likely to get somewhat less satisfying results.
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