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My wonderful Arcam cd73t has died ...
looking for new, but not huge $$
The trouble with doing nothing, is that you can't tell when you are finished.
Both companies make and made some of the best sounding CD players for the money. Both companies invest a lot in R& D take pride in their own dedicated CD players. If you like the CD73, why not get another Arcam? If you want to try out Marantz, there are online dealers that with a 60 days no questions asked return policy (Music Direct, Crutchfield).
and getting a transport and DAC for greater flexibility and possibly better SQ. If you're interested I could make recommendations.
I'm breaking in a new Sony UHP-H1, a universal disc player I selected for its ...uh ...universality. That, and the fact that I like the Sony "house" sound after listening to a lovely DVP-S7700 lo these many years. They make a big whoop over the UHP-H1 being the grandchild of the ES line-- special audio features, structural guts, switch to turn off the video stuff, etcetc. I like the way its made, it's compact and silent and makes nice music.
I suggest the UHP-H1 because I believe you will need only its stereo analog outputs, yes? I've listened critically to all the output jacks (except HDMI- one doesn't really *listen* to HDMI...) The sweetest IMO were the analog stereo outputs. Its purring away now presenting a warm and full sound from SACD's - same from CD's. The latter sound all shiny and new, a little more lively and/or "analytical" versus my antique Sony deck, but absolutely non fatiguing. Deep, stable soundstage.
I don't expect to be taken seriously; its an odd piece for this asylum and Sony is not precisely an audiophile perennial... But this may be their last audio-centric disc spinner and they gave it some thought; it's not meant to compete with the $79 Blur-ray players. If you're at all interested, act now-- its being phased out.
You do get most excellent Blue Ray moving pictures as a side benefit. I won't speak about movie sound- Bears don't listen to HDMI, remember. But if I were to, it's that The Hollywoos have no clue how awfully that rubbish disturbs my cat.
I have the Sony UHP-H1 and it's a wonderful and inexpensive player. I paid $300 for mine late last year but they're available now for around $200. No brainer.
Time was, you stood around the town well gossiping and people lied about the smart price they paid for a pig or weasel or whatever... and you didn't feel too bad you paid 348 week go for the same damn thing they say is now on sale for 198, since you figured those louts at the well were lying anyway. NO MORE!
Did not see it on spec sheet,can you measure it,
I think you would be wise to consider Marantz; there are a coupe to chose from that won't break the bank.
Simple. Get the cheapest OPPO blue ray player. I have the discontinued BDP-103 and it sounds terrific playing CDs. And it plays DVDs, Blue Rays, Super Audio CDs and even DVD-Audio discs. I think the current model is $ 550.00 or so at Audio Advisor. I think it's a no-brainer.
Best regards, Ralph
Agreed. The 103 is a great sounding player.
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