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RE: Why do CD transports cost more than CD players?

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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