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    Need recommendations for a new transport. Am using the Rotel RCD991AE now, but given that Im moving to the far east soon, am looking for something more recent. The rotel is about 4-5 years old. And Im afraid the laser might crap out. My requirements are

    • Afunctional remote control that is easy to use
    • TOSLINK out is a must
    • A goodsolid CDtray (mechanically wise I mean)

    WIll be paired with a Chord Dac 64, BelCanto Evo 2i (yes Im keeping it!) and MA GR'20's. Looking to spend about 1000 quid max, ed-dem orused preferred.

    I did see a bunch of Meridian kit on ebay, but not too sure about them.






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    RJ, if it were me I’d be using a DVD transport – there are plenty around that are well engineered. So with that in mind I would suggest a player like this one :















    These can still be bought new from Leconcepts on the net for £600. If jitter is a concern, then it has been measured at 40 picosecs ie none basically. Has a tray mechanism that is hard to believe CD12 proportions, and if you ever sell your DAC 64 it has a very nice sound as a CDP and can be used as a DAC too, HDCD. XLR outputs as well you will notice from back panel. Copper plated casework.



    http://www.leconcepts.com/dvd/toshdvd.htm



    NADs new M55 Universal looks very interesting as well :







    On sale shortly I believe and circa £1000.
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    HI RJD,

    I'm in the same boat as you as Micromega dedicated transport is on it's last legs,shame as I've had it 10 years almost,so it's like a faithful old friend.The Meridian 500 I think is a good choice,but personally for a transport I don't want to go second hand,so I've 2 players in mind.

    [align=center] First up is Vincent [/align]

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    A very nice player at 600,Ive found one one offer for a decent price.


    The other alternative is Vecteur,but i'd be dammed to find any real info on them,but they make a very highly regarded transport,it just over 1000€uros,if you find who sells the thing?French made.

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    CJ - hmm TBH I don't like the DVD badge on the machine. It conjures up images of el -cheapo dvd drives you now find even in supermarkets.

    I like the NAD though - looks tasty! Speaking of which you have introduced a great new idea.A universaldrive. That will mean I can do SACD's too... will that also be through the Dac or straight to the amp...
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    RJdio wrote:
    CJ - hmm TBH I don't like the DVD badge on the machine. It conjures up images of el -cheapo dvd drives you now find even in supermarkets.

    I like the NAD though - looks tasty! Speaking of which you have introduced a great new idea.A universaldrive. That will mean I can do SACD's too... will that also be through the Dac or straight to the amp...
    Cheap and nasty !!!! pahhhh !!! that’s a solid silver holgraphic 3D badge – cheap !! cheap !! pahhhh. What you talking about ?

    http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/hardware/DVDPlayers/Toshiba/ToshibaSD-9500.jpg

    oooooooohhhh what a tray feel the love of that mech bro !!!



    Universal wise RJ, SACD & DVD-A from the player. Eveything else can be routed towards the DAC. Although watching DVD films with the 4 second buffer delay will be interesting.




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    LOL CJ, no pun intended. Im sure its a fine machine. Any other suggestions ?

    The Americans have brands like Theta, Wadia,Mc Cormack etc. Any word on how these perform.
    Rotel RCD-991,Chord Dac 64, Bow ZZ-1, MA GR-20\'s

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    There's a chap selling a Bow Wizard complete with wand on hi fi for sale asking £1200 for it.

    Gorgeous looking, great sounding (so I'm told ;)) and you could really hit the jackpot by not needing the DAC64 any more either.


    I've got a Krell top loading transport after owning a Wadia oneand I know which I prefer. Running it into a Monarchy Audio M-22 DAC and it's a lot less harsh sounding than the Chord 64is to my ears. Feckin' sight cheaper too

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    If you don't have many sacd hdcd discs or need a dvd player, i'd countenance going for a DVD player, as the discs take longer to load up, go for a s/h cdp with preferably an electrical out, that seems to be the preffered option from what I can glean from others who have gone the same route, as you already have dac, a one box player may not be the best option, but if it was me thats what I'd go for a good second hand model one box player.

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    Don't recall the man asking for a DVD transport . . . . . . . . . ? Ah, Colin again singing the Tosh's praises

    Add to the list of possibilities in the 'proper' transport league, look out for a CEC belt driveor Audiomeca Mephistotransport too

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    sell the DAC 64, pool your money together, and get the Marantz CD7 thats on hifi for sale atm.

    mmmmmmmmmm

    also, how about the CD23 'musiclink' Marantz player thats on hifiguy.co.uk at the minute? Quite a rare/obscure item with a top loading mech, that should hold its value extrememly well?



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    Cor yes, with double "silver crown" DAC chips. Which soppy dipstick decreed they should stop making them?

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    Effem wrote:
    Don't recall the man asking for a DVD transport . . . . . . . . . ? Ah, Colin again singing the Tosh's praises

    Add to the list of possibilities in the 'proper' transport league, look out for a CEC belt driveor Audiomeca Mephistotransport too
    'Proper' do me a favour !!!! :dude:

    Frank it regularly amazes me that a battleship DVD player like the Toshiba is never considered by “CD Transport” only DAC users. You rarely see it mentioned (I try to do my bit as you know ;)), and as a lot of CDT users are overly concerned about jitter et al, a 40 spec machine. I bet you most “dedicated” CDTs have jitter specs way in excess of 40 picosecs. But this is the wacky world of audiophilia will inhabit. I mean a Toshiba DVd player having the same jitter specs as Theta David CD/DVD transport never. The David is 40-45 actually higher.



    http://www.thetadigital.com/upsampling.htm



    I like that 40 spec jitter measurement BTW, as I love telling Woody anytime I get the chance (here is another one just for Woody ), Naim have long suggested that they don’t include a digital output due to jitter effects on their machines. Well their CD5 has been measure as having 100 spec of jitter. So if Toshiba can manage it on a DVD player whats stopping Naim from designing such a player. In the same test FWIW I recall a Quad 99 CDPre – as measuring 1000 spec, a Inca Katana 700 spec. And with the amount of people who like these devices its good to see jitters audability affecting their views.




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    the CD63KI probably has jitter off the charts, but I still love the sound it produces. Is jitter really the be all and end all when it comes to cd playback?

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    Biscuit wrote:
    the CD63KI probably has jitter off the charts, but I still love the sound it produces. Is jitter really the be all and end all when it comes to cd playback?
    prolly not, but then you can't measure enjoyment, spex shmex

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    Effem wrote:
    Cor yes, with double "silver crown" DAC chips. Which soppy dipstick decreed they should stop making them?

    Yep the Philips TDA-1541A (Double-crown) is still regarded by many as the best 16bit dac made. The muppet marketing men, decided that single bit bitstream would be better in the late 80's (also cheaper to produce) , so future mult-bit designs where halted by Philips. Luckliy KI found enough for the CD-7 project

    Not going to disagree with the CD-7 (as I've got one :raoflmfao: ), you could use it as a transport (which is very well builtusing a Philips CD-Pro mech), butyou will be missing out on thewonderful DAC on-board, which can also beaccessed by otherequipment, via the 2 digital inputs as well.

    The CD-23 would also make a fine transport as it's based around the Philips CDM9 Pro Mech (swing-arm) with a magnetic puck. The dac isn't as special as found in the CD-7 though, as it uses the bitstream DAC-7.

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    Effem wrote:


    I've got a Krell top loading transport after owning a Wadia oneand I know which I prefer.
    Frank,
    I'd like to point out you had a 13/14 year old very early Wadia transport, comparing it against your current Krell, I would agree with your statement.
    Now how about comparing it to an equally priced and aged Wadia 20/8?
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    Keep meaning to pop up and see you Tone, will bring the Krell with me when I do

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    Biscuit wrote:
    the CD63KI probably has jitter off the charts, but I still love the sound it produces. Is jitter really the be all and end all when it comes to cd playback?
    Biscuit, I dont think jitter is the be all & end all TBH, As I mentioned plenty of people love the sound of that Quad 99 unit.

    But

    When it comes to tlaking about "proper" transports as Frank alluded to earlier, then that's when notice should be taken to jitter specs IMO at least we have something concrete to compare against, I mean Im comparing a Toshiba DVD player albeit a high end deck, to a £4000 CD/DVD transport from Theta.
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    I favour tele transportation. If all else fails Ebay Krell MD10 is very very nice. Mark Levinson CDT's even 10 years old are rock solid too.

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