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The reproduction from cds rivals my lp system... just plain delightful and listenable and opens up other options.
I bought a few items from Ah! Tjoeb (also hifi-notes.com) several years ago.
It was one of those true audiophile sites, that never seem to last very long.
Do you know if he is still trading under another name?
I bought mine from Kevin Deal at UPSCALE AUDIO and he would likely know. I think Kevin is also an Asylum member.
I have a couple of AH! players for some time now. As old as they are, at times they still impress. I use vintage Genalex tubes and they're a great match.
The laser assembly (VAM-1202) is readily available on Ebay for under $10. The only catch is the Chinese quality. The DOA and attrition rates are VERY high. Buying 10 gets me a good working unit and a spare.
CD playback seemimgly has gotten better through the years. Not to put too fine a point on it but the discussion shifts when you consider the design of DAC's (which have undergone a zillion changes) and look separately at disc-players as transports.
I am breaking in a new Blue-Ray player as CD/SACD transport right now. The sound is (a bit disturbingly) crystal clear. There's no sweetening, certainly. The music rolls out with minimal digital artifacts that I can discern. ("Artifacts" are hard to characterize but are the things that made early CD players so awful to my ears-- a creepy metallic overtaste added to the music.)
It's a very different performance than LP's but it stands up well on its own.
As time passes, I'm thinning my record collection to around 2000 LP's as my digital recording collection has grown to around the same. As a music lover I encounter the occasional CD and try to make the best of it!
Too bad the long-term prospects of keeping such players working is nearly ZERO.
My original Magnevox FD-1000 is on the shelf for lack of a LASER. Not a big or expensive part, but certainly Critical.
While commodity parts will be available for quite a long time, exclusive parts will go away fairly quickly and good machines (otherwise) will drop out.
Too much is never enough
And tubes. And horns. And electro-magnets. And tape. Nothing's written in stone. Just be sure to give me all your CDs when you dump them!
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
Rip your CDs to lossless files and play them with the best sounding "computer audio" setup you can muster.
I've been enjoying a dedicated "music PC" using Window 7 and deliberately configured to be very "quiet"- very few bus interrupts, software update queries, that sort of thing. A small SSD inside plus a large external HDD work well. I got professional help to add the SSD and configure the PC; well worth the cost! It's very quiet acoustically, using the little fan speed control app to turn them down to nearly zero, with no ill effects. The small form-factor desktop sits in my record cabinet purring away year after year. Total cost with a USB-S/PDIF DDC and cables about $300. I wish every $300 I've blown on my HiFi gave me this much pleasure and performance!
To my fuzzy ears it sounds INDISTINGUISHABLE from my CD player. Apparently the determinants of performance are the S/PDIF coax cabling, transmitter / receiver, and the DACs in my preamp. I have noted a bit better sound from CDs on my new universal disc player via Toslink to the preamp however, but I suspect its a manifestation of a fortuitous optical transmitter / receiver matchup and the fine glass Toslink I splurged on.
I have to stop here-- any further discussions will certainly be downgraded to the digital asylum pages! My only defence is that I'm a staunch vinylista Bear, limping through digital miasma trying to make the best of it!
I already use ALAC on my confuser, but don't have a robust to-stereo connection.
Compuer stuff will be around for a LONG time.
Too much is never enough
I am also using my Ah! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 very happily. Last year I ordered
both circuit boards to rebuild it ($169 ea). In conjunction with my
Musical Fidelity M1DAC it sounds very pleasing. Not quite as good my Nottingham Space 294/Grado Gold1, but really nice. I am not representing
any of this as SOTA, but no need to modernize :)
.....you really need to hear current digital products. And the beauty of it is, the price for extremely high quality digital reproduction is way less than it was 10-15 years ago.
Your cdp has been bettered by a considerable margin.
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
- Winston Churchill
What would you buy at $1000 or less, something that plays CD, CD-R, HDCD, DVD, SACD?
And yet here I sit this evening pleased as punch feeling like I'm in a live performance. Plus I'm an old guy!!!
It seems like a nice CD player at a reasonable price. Perhaps its tube output stage improves its sound quality.
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