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A final CD player?

Discussion in 'audio' started by RichardA, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. rod ayling

    rod ayling pfm Member

    There is an Isis non valve on Ebay now. Buy it now price £2395
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  2. RichardA

    RichardA pfm Member

    Missed that. I will take a closer look. Thanks.
  3. waxkinglyrical

    waxkinglyrical pfm Member

    If I could find a Bow Technologies ZZ8 it’s be my final and first CD player.
  4. effinity

    effinity pfm Member

  5. Hipper

    Hipper pfm Member

    Is it time to consider computer audio?
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  6. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Yes. I think that would be a good move.
  7. RichardA

    RichardA pfm Member

  8. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Yes. Good thinking.

    Consider it briefly, have a quick listen then get back to playing CDs.
  9. RichardA

    RichardA pfm Member

    Thanks for all the replies to date.

    It’s not possible for me to investigate all the options mentioned - especially when buying used.

    Lots of positives on the Isis so I will definitely follow up and listen to that unit, probably as the key benchmark (if not the eventual choice).

  10. Julf

    Julf Facts are our friends

    I had my final CD player give up it's ghost in 2002 or so. Went computer after that. Never looked back - guaranteed audio quality.
  11. Julf

    Julf Facts are our friends

    Curious as to what setup you tried. You do realize that a CD is just a storage and shipping format for digital files?
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  12. RichardA

    RichardA pfm Member

    I did recently listen to one of the latest Innuos units. The user interface was v slick however I felt the SQ was noticeably adrift from the Opus. Real shame as I wanted to prefer it given all the other obvious advantages. I can see how others might choose differently but computer audio isn’t for me. I suppose the smart thing to do would be to wait but there’s no fun in that.
  13. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Or. Consider it. Go back to Cd. Realise what your missing and delve into computer audio. They all have value. I feel sorry for those that cling to formats terrified that they may have a good enough rival. Live a little.
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  14. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Actually, I f***ed about with computer/file-based audio for over a decade, culminating in owning a Melco server.

    I still run a Mac mini/Audirvana with a grand's worth of cables connected to it. It sounds pretty good. But it's very much a secondary source, because it's still not as good as the CD transport I reverted to as the primary source 3 years ago.

    But thank you for your sympathy.
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  15. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Must be the cables!
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  16. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Must be. I tried everything else, including customised stripped down OS, external PSU which cost more than the Mac it was powering, etc.

    I can get a decent sound out of a computer, and the Melco was pretty good, but while the current set-up is the best Mac-based replay I've had here, to my ears my CD transport sounds better on a fundamental level.
  17. greygoose

    greygoose pfm Member

    Very interested in your findings, I also have an opus 21 and was considering an innuos zen but no honest feedback from converts regarding direct comparisons to high end CD players
    What was lacking in the zen's presentation , was it detail, musicality, digital glare that is often talked about?
    would love to hear a rega valved isis!!!
  18. RichardA

    RichardA pfm Member

    Will send a separate PM (just in case any clumsy wording on my part sparks howls of protest!!)
  19. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    Can vouch for the Rega Isis. Superb piece of kit. :cool:
  20. maccar

    maccar pfm Member

    Plus one for the EMC1UP the most analogue CDP I've heard, preferred it to Wadia, Krell, Esoteric and Sugden
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