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 Post subject: Best CD Player
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:12 pm 
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I am looking for a good red book only CD player. I am here to find out some of the choices I might have.

It would be nice to hear a CD which has the warmth of analog without causing ear bleeding fatigue and the absense of super in your-face detail.

Is there such a machine?

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 Post subject: Re: Best CD Player
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:37 pm 
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Bryston BCD3 $3,500 dollars.

With a good recording a redbook cd will sound stellar. You have to be careful with the volume knob as some recordings are loud with out much turn of the volume knob.

I re-mix recordings so they don't clip my SP2 processor, with the BCD3, I haven't heard anything better.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:45 pm 
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Electrocompaniet EMC-1UP for sale here.It retailed over 7k and is well known as one of the very best and I can agree as I owned one.Its fantastic and built like no other.Just get it you will be happy you did!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:46 pm 
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Digital Doc wrote:
Bryston BCD3 $3,500 dollars.

With a good recording a redbook cd will sound stellar. You have to be careful with the volume knob as some recordings are loud with out much turn of the volume knob.

I re-mix recordings so they don't clip my SP2 processor, with the BCD3, I haven't heard anything better.


It's funny that you suggested Bryston BCD 3 for someone else suggested a BCD 1. Have you compared the two?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:54 pm 
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My comparison is I own a BCD-1 and I compared it to the BDA-1 with the gain matched on computer soundcard I thought they sounded identical. So I sold the BCD-1.

Now I have done extensive mixing with the BDA-1 and SP2 combo and the BCD-3 betters this combo in terms of transparency.

I heard the BDA-3 with a BDP-3, IMO the BCD-3 with stereo bypass on my SP2 sounds better.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:58 pm 
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When I used CD players the Chord One was my go to player. The YBA Passion CD-400 is very good if the budget is under 2k.

**disregard previous comment I didn't read the red book part***


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:51 am 
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Look at Audio Note CD-4.1x, Burmester 069, Meridian 8058 v6, or the Metronome CD8 S.

All offer incredible detail. As for 'warmth', well, that's in the eye (ear) of the beholder, isn't it? :lol:

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REGA ISIS Valve cdp


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I have the Classé CDP-502 and it sounds superb. Very detailed but not tiring for ears. I personally find the speakers play an important role in that sense. The Oppo BDP-105 (or 95 or 205 I guess) is another avenue. Its sound is lushier, more colorful and warmer than CDP-502. It is also more forgiving for lower quality recordings. Anyways my dream CD player is the Linn CD12.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:10 am 
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+1 Bryston BCD-3

With my BCD-3 my system came to life, both output RCA and XLR sound great. I have upgade the power cord with very nice result, more relaxe and full... Last 30 years I add: Denon 1520, CAL Icon 2, CJ, YBA, AR, Rega Saturn and more before and this Bryston is the most truthful and musical to my ears.

Now, let's play the music! Thanks Bryston!

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HEGEL Mohican dedicated Red Book player. (although if it were my money I would go with a more universal player)

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YBA 1 with oversized power supply. Very Analogue sounding. Not sure if the 1 is still being manufactured, but if you find one, I would go for it, imho.


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Accustic Arts player is a worthwhile candidate; you will not be disappointed.Well made with with expensive parts makes it a very good sounding player.


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If you have a chance, try to listen to a Linn Mimik or Genki. They can be picked for very little money and Linn prided themselves on sounding very smooth and musical. I just got a buddy of mine a Genki for $300 and he said it's the most musical cdp he has ever heard.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:13 am 
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Understand there is still a want/need for CD Players. I just don’t see the point in investing into a dying technology when one could easily rip their CD collection to a computer and pair it with a USB DAC of choice. Outside the labour involved in ripping, the Computer/DAC combination is so much more flexible. Something has to be said about having your complete digital library at your fingertips vs searching through shelves of plastic jewel cases.


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