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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 04:42:36
I use several five disc CD payers just as transports.
Bought them cheap on eBay.
True a few brands are way better as transport than others.
Don't ask ME which ones..
CAL Audio was the only company that I personally am aware of, that made a high end 5 disc carousal.
They show up once in a while, but I would want to verify that someone could repair them. That parts are available.
Once you have heard the differences in transports, you won't want to use a cheap player, for anything but background music.
I just looked at your system, very nice, and I imagine you favor your vinyl, if you ever get a DAC that competes with your turntables, I think you would then appreciate the differences in transports.
I find your presumption odd: ""Once you have heard the differences in transports, you won't want to use a cheap player, for anything but background music.""
When I acquired a new Sony SCD777ES, I owned a Adcom DAC, and a Rotel transport.
As soon as I tried the Sony as transport, with the DAC.. I realized what a POS the Rotel was..
I felt sorry for the buyer a bit when selling the Rotel! (lol)
Anyway. I still use the Sony, and the Adcom DAC.
Now with my current five disc changers..
I use them most of the time.
The sound of one of my carousel to my DAC, then to a tube preamp, is slightly inferior to my Sony SCD777ES which is direct to my main preamp. BUT! Not enough to look for some other setup.(actually the tube softness is more noticeable than the difference in the digital sound. I do prefer the DAC via the tubes. and the Sony via straight up)
In the past I did buy an expensive very highly rated (BOTH TAS and Stereophile raved it) DAC, which I discovered was no better than my current DAC. So I returned the new DAC.
At this point I have no desire to search for something I have no need for. (ie a better DAC.)
I have noted huge differences in various five disc as transports. That is why I do not mention which ones I use. As in other things, just saying xxx is a great device creates a demand for them. And I prefer to be able to buy them myself in the future. I do like a particular series and models from xxx years. I already own eight of them, all bought off eBay from $25 to $80 bucks.. So I am ready for the future.
I have no problem listening to music critically with my five disk players as transport. (though I agree most sound like crap)
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