Looking back at a few review threads, they seem to echo a feeling that for some speakers, provided you’ve got an amp that can drive them adequately, the choice of CD player is pretty much irrelevant.
Dynaudios seem to be a case in point:
- Solid’s written something in his blog to this effect regarding the Focus 110s.
- MIB has commented that when he tested the Cyrus6, 8 and 8+PSX CDPs, there was no discernible difference, and that his cheapo Pioneer DVD was as good as any of them (I’m presuming this was all with the 1.8s).
- A comparison of Contours vs Audiovectors using Copland and Cyrus CDPs showed that with AVs, the Copland was significantly better, but through the Dyns there was nothing in it.
I feel the same about my speakers to a degree, because there isn’t a big difference between my CDP and a much cheaper DVD. Likewise, it’s pretty indifferent to interconnects that I’ve tried. I put it down to the speakers being really warm, and therefore not that revealing. Although the Dyns are probably more neutral, I guess the bass still gives them an overall feel of being tonally on the warm side.
Possibly it’s the same for all speakers on the warm side. There have been a number of threads questioning which component is most important, and I’m reckoning that on the whole, those with a preference for the higher transparency speakers will go with the “source first” philosophy (since they can hear the differences more obviously), whilst those with a preference for lusher speakers stick with final element.
Maybe the motto of all this “go for warm speakers and you can save a fortune on the source”?
Or maybe it’s “you’ve got to buy the highest resolution speakers possible so as to appreciate what’s on the CD”?
Is there anything in all this or I am I writing complete bollocks (I’m anticipating Duvet coming along and telling me not to worry about it, but just to turn the volume up and have a glass of wine…)