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  • dan31
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    I have two digital sources, Ayre C5xe MP and an Oppo 205. I have a back up transport for the Ayre. I listen to discs in the am if I don’t have time for vinyl. The Oppo is on the 4K tv and is a great source. I use a two channel system for movies and tv. I’m super satisfied with the Oppo 205.

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  • kach22i
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    I am currently spending a little time in three stereo forums, and the only CD Player even mentioned in years is some $40,000 one on the cover of this month's magazine.

    As I have not been regularly/ritually listening to my stereo in about 7-years all I have is CD's and LP's.

    I have no intention of going to a computer/streaming system, life is complex enough.

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  • Nscohen17
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    While vinyl is still my primary source, for a long time new releases were only coming out on cd, so a high end CD player was a ‘must’ for anyone still buying new music and, since I have zero interest in ripping 3-4,000 albums and CDs into a server, it still is. If you're setting up your first system and/or don’t already have a sizable collection (not certain I understand exactly what you are asking), I wouldn’t bother.

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  • JCOConnell
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    While I have two cd players in my main system, I rarely use them, preferring vinyl. I have another Cd player in my PC system I do use pretty frequently and it sounds ok, better than spotify, but not as refined as vinyl though. That one is the Onkyo Integra with a outboard DAC.

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  • Kingrex
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    So software as well as updated PS are no longer necessary. This is a pretty confusing comment Al. Even MEP found a decent purpose built device is far better than a laptop or desktop. A basic laptop or desktop (IMO) is a playback device, not an audio device.

  • Hawk
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    Thanks Al. I looked at the back of the Wadia and it does not have a digital input or input of any kind. On the good news front, I can use the digital input on the back of my Exemplar Oppo 205. I will mess around with my extra lap top for a while. If I like it, I may eventually move forward with a dedicated server & DAC.

  • Skylab
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    I have both a SACD player and two DACs which receive lossless and hi-res files from my music server (which is a MacMini). All of it is nice but not high end digital gear. To my ears the Oppo Sonica DAC is the best sounding of the 3 by a very slight margin.

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  • Alrainbow
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    Originally posted by Hawk View Post
    Not 100% sure of your topic. I have a heavily modified Oppo 205 with a tube based output stage and separate power supply. I am very pleased with the sound and feel it supplements my analog very well. Though not inexpensive($6K), I have never had better digital in my system. Because I own almost 400 CD's(About 800+ LP's), I have stayed old school with a CD player.

    Exploring thoughts on a server. When my wife has parties or people over, I try to ignore their requests for some truly crappy music(I am such a good host). I currently use a Wadia 171 with an iPod thru my A/V system(All solid state) It would be nice to have a better selection and higher quality sound.
    A simple low cost server is a laptop or better a desk top left alone to only play music. If your wadia allows for a digital input , coax or optical you could use it as a dac too.

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  • Alrainbow
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    Lol rust you must have a lot of cd s.
    My point is we each need more than one playback device. We each need more than one setup to. I use headphones
    three sets two amps and a CD player.
    They are tools at this point really while none of them give nearly the satisfaction of my speaker rig.
    But they do help confirm things I hear at certain levels.
    Did you ever play a new cd or download of a song you know well. And as you play it hear new sounds. Or the singer is more back or forward. How do we know what is the correct sound ? Well we don't but if we use a few playback and sound reproduction methods this puts a few lights to look at.
    While and CD player is not perfect and dacs improve over time too. They do a few things very well.
    For one they sound more powerful as does red book in general. As i play higher resolution this changes.
    Now maybe most don't hear this nor pay attention either and this is ok. For me listening is always in two parts one emotion the second a scientist lol.
    Red book alone has more bite and power in sound and as I go above this layers appear more separated and smaller sound changes and lower noise floor are in part why.
    A CD player if made well is a fines tuned one trick pony of sorts and it's not an accident that a well made 8 year old one still sounds good. Yes dacs have improved but the fact remains they still do things well.
    In years of making my severs a well made CD player was the focus to use to best it.
    Remember when a green line marker was used to make cd s sound better ? How about shm too. Yes they do make great remasters but they name means super high materials. The actual cd used makes a profound change when played. So how do we know what's better or worse
    by me using many or helps make choices to move towards
    by the way when we rip and cd it becomes just bits and now the server / steamer used makes the sound.
    In the past I owned a msb stack the cost of the sacd / cd / streamer was about 12k some 5 years ago. It took me years to surpass it overall.
    A good CD player is just that a good producer of sound and one that uses a tube output stage adds magic too.

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  • Rust
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    I still use my CD player as my primary source given the extensive collection. Not that I would give up my vinyl. I may have to bite the bullet and set up some sort of a server as I just spent 20 minutes looking through two rooms for a misfiled disc. I'd need the kind of ripper you feed 50 discs to at a time, sort of set it and forget it to quote Ron Popeil.

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  • Hawk
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    Not 100% sure of your topic. I have a heavily modified Oppo 205 with a tube based output stage and separate power supply. I am very pleased with the sound and feel it supplements my analog very well. Though not inexpensive($6K), I have never had better digital in my system. Because I own almost 400 CD's(About 800+ LP's), I have stayed old school with a CD player.

    Exploring thoughts on a server. When my wife has parties or people over, I try to ignore their requests for some truly crappy music(I am such a good host). I currently use a Wadia 171 with an iPod thru my A/V system(All solid state) It would be nice to have a better selection and higher quality sound.

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  • Alrainbow
    started a topic CD player sound

    CD player sound

    we all or most here have one or two floating around hell I use one as a reference. Why a CD player is a facet view needed as part of a reference to model out systems too.
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