Ah, but there, you are talking about different DACs (and analogue stages), so I am not surprised at all. The point here is whether a different transport feeding into the CXNV2 would sound different to the VRDS feeding it.Regarding CD transports, I’m using a Teac VRDS 7 into my CXNV2 which uses 2 Wolfsen Dacs and sounds lovely. The VRDS on its own sounds more laid back.
A transport being bit perfect should be all you need but it’s not the be all and end all.
One of my favourites is the Meridian 500 CDT just something about it that pulls things all together.. when I find one cheap enough, I’ll probably get one again.
Many years ago I had a Musical Fidelity A3.2CD and bought an Audio Note DAC Zero and CDT Zero transport. I was absolutely convinced that the combination sounded signifcantly different to the DAC Zero fed by the digital out from the 3.2. So convinced, in fact, that I had a wager with a pal that I could with complete certainty tell the difference blind.
I lost. Hopelessly. I'd still somehow like to believe it, but common sense tells me that whilst DACs can sure as hell sound different, depending on the chip, implementation and audio section, there is no reason why transports can or could.