What is the upper limit of your budget? Are you willing to pay the price of a unit from Hegel, Bryston or other such companies?Chazk said:I'm also looking for a good and probably last cd player. I have a built in DAC with my Hegel H160, so I don't need another DAC. I've done a decent amount of exploring and research and still haven't found much clear around the quality/value sweet spot for cd players. I like using the library of actual cd's I have vs burning them on to a digital file storage. I also have redbook cd's and no SACD's.
Have people here had experience that have noticed greater purity of sound with more expensive cd players like Ayre or Hegel or Bryston etc vs say the Oppo 103/105 or even the latest NAD/Marantz type cd players? I'll be going to have a comparative listening session at my local audio dealer, but it can be hard to do careful listening comparisons in showroom setting. I'm currently using my 70$ sony dvd player as my cd player which sounds surprisingly decent, but seems a bit thin and fatiguing over time.
Are you going to buy new or used? The Oppo 103/105 have been replaced by the 203/205.
Would you be amenable to buying a CD transport (disc drive only without a built-in DAC) and using the DAC in your Hegel amp?