Best SACD/CD Player up to £2500

themadlatvian

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On behalf of a non-Wammer audiophile friend, what would be your recommendation for the best SACD/CD player for a budget of up to £2500?

Anyone with actual experience of players they are recommending would be particularly welcome - this is not something I know much about - my SACD player is very competent but it's a basic Pioneer which cost about £100!

Many thanks.

:^

 

meninblack

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The Oppo Universal player is pretty good at just under £1k. I have a BDP-95, the latest version is the BDP-105. It can be bettered, but you need to spend about £5k new. Alternatively, second hand Esoteric X-03 or DCs P8i would both be in budget (but both are stereo-only.) The P8i certainly sounds a bit better than the Oppo, but was very expensive new.

 

falcoron

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marantz are specialists in SACD so a good place to start.

Best i ever had or heard was the Shanling cdt200. was around 2k when i bought it, can be got for a lot less now.

some dont like the looks but i loved it in my system looks beautiful at night when lit up too. never gave me any issues and the sound was simply stunning, as i say never heard better.

 

themadlatvian

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So the Marantz and Oppo are good places to start for him. I'm in a difficult position really because I have advised him - hopefully with reasonable success so far - in getting a good system together, but I know nothing about SACD players, so any ways of adding to my knowledge base would be appreciated!

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themadlatvian

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I can't comment on the Oppo John I've never even seen one in the flesh.I have the Marantz SA Ki Pearl in black which is a joy to use & own it sounds great with

normal Cd & as I only have a couple of SACD's it rarely get used but does sound superb

with them it is built to a very high standard & weights in at 14.5kg (32lbs) & of course

fettled by Ken I believe it was built to a standard not a price point.

The down side of this Marantz model is only 500 were produced to celebrate 30 years of

Ken Ishiwata being involved with Marantz, 250 in black & 250 in champagne.

Quite possibly rarer than hens teeth I think.

Your welcome to come over with your friend to have a look & a listen anytime

that you like no problem.

Steve.
Thanks for that Steve - that could well be an excellent thing to him to do, because he is only in Bradford, not too far away. I'm putting some info together for him over the next couple of days, and am off to visit him next week.

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Another vote for the Oppo 105.

I listened to one in my friend's system - no less than a Sony TA-N80ES used for each speaker. I honestly have never heard anything more realistic when he played the Wish You Were Here SACD for me. Goosebumps? Oh yes!

 

deggie

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A tad late, alanb has sold his marantz sa 15 s2 le sacd ,

same as mine, its a cracking unit, jordan accoustics have them in stock,

also may have a preowned unit in occasionally,

top people to deal with.

 

cjr

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Another vote for the Oppo 105.I listened to one in my friend's system - no less than a Sony TA-N80ES used for each speaker. I honestly have never heard anything more realistic when he played the Wish You Were Here SACD for me. Goosebumps? Oh yes!
Craig was that being used at the pre-amp into the 2x 80ESs?

Anyway this must be an option?

http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-SCD-777ES.html

 

themadlatvian

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Just to say thanks to those who have contributed thus far on this thread - I am doing quite a bit of other research based on what you are all saying and am learning a bit on the way - there's no substitute for actually hearing the players though.

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meninblack

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Decently-implemented SACD players will all sound good with SACD. How they handle Red Book CD is actually a better test.

 

nsherin

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Slightly left-field - it's a universal player, so does DVD and DVD-A too, but what about the Arcam FMJ DV139? This was heir last crack at a universal player and pretty has everything one could want in terms of feature-wise. They seem to go from about £350 upwards.

 

THOMO

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A second hand Accuphase DP 77 .Rare but superb sounding on both CD and SACD.Also can be used as a DAC.

A friend had a Sony777ES and the Accuphase and the Accuphase is in a different class.The Oppos are way behind too.

 

fordy

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Accuphase is a good shout. There must be a few of the older SACD models dipped under £2500 by now. There are some nice Denon 2 channel SACD units too.

 

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