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Jays audio CD Transport Opinion

Discussion in 'audio' started by greygoose, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. greygoose

    greygoose pfm Member

    Has anyone demo'd or purchased the above CD Transport, How does is sound compared to similar transports / DAC combinations ?
     
  2. clap

    clap pfm Member

    I think there is a Steve Gutenberg audiophiliac review of it on you tube. One of its major pluses is it has i2s. If you use that into a Denafrips Terminator the results are meant to be excellent. I've heard it said there is no need to buy an Esoteric transport as the Jays Audio is as good for about half the price. I'm considering getting one to go with my Terminator.
     
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  3. i.j.russell

    i.j.russell pfm Member

    I’ve owned a CDT2 MK2 for 18 months or so. I can’t say that it’s better at providing digital signals than others i’ve owned like Bel Canto CDT3, Cyrus Signature or Perreaux CDT but the pride of ownership and flexibility of having four different outputs puts it way ahead in my estimation. I can’t recommend highly enough.
     
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  4. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    How much physical headroom would you say it needs to comfortably play CDs? My endgame transport is likely to be this or CEC but it would have to be on a shelf.
     
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  5. i.j.russell

    i.j.russell pfm Member

    Obviously it depends on how big your hands are and how clumsy you are! I have it on a top shelf but if if I had to put it on another shelf, i’d be looking at twice the player height, so around 24cm.
     
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  6. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Thank you. I have huge hands of extraordinary delicacy.
     
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  7. greygoose

    greygoose pfm Member

    You have owned many of the the alternative transports at this price level Bel canto and Cyrus.
    I do like a top loader as there is less to go wrong unlike the others mentioned, pride of ownership re build quality is reassuring,
    Performance wise is the question and synergy with other DAC's is the queston.
     
  8. graystoke4

    graystoke4 pfm Member

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  9. i.j.russell

    i.j.russell pfm Member

    I’m not really a believer in ‘better sounding’ transports or synergy with DACs. I do think that spending money on a better DAC can provide improvements in sound quality but i’m not convinced that applies to transports. YMMV.
     
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  10. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    It does.
     
  11. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    It is supposed to be a 'fluid' sounding combo.....:rolleyes::)
     
  12. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    If you want a great transport then buy the CEC TL51
     
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  13. greygoose

    greygoose pfm Member

    I just looked on e bay and the first one I saw and the digits on the display are failing........Who repairs / services these in the UK?
     
  14. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    Maybe it's not that great if it's failing.
     
  15. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Definitive Audio are the distributors. Bear in mind that depending on which 51 variant it is, that could be the best part of 15 years old.

    I bought a TL51X in 2006, paired with their DX71 DAC. CEC in Germany (their main European 'hub') were able to revive that pairing after a major lightning strike, so I suspect an ageing display might not faze them too much.

    That said, the current generation of players was introduced about 5 years ago, current equivalent would be the CD5.
     
  16. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    All displays can fail and often do, especially if the unit is old. Mostly it is a result of poor connections between the display and whatever the display is connected too.
     
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  17. effinity

    effinity pfm Member

    Any thoughts on Primare transports?

    eg how might the DD15 compare vs DD35 and do these stack up vs CEC TL5 (51?), Jay’s CDT2 mk2, Cyrus, Cambridge CXC, other ideas?

    Budget (preferably) south of 1K so quite interested in bangs for bucks.
    What about older stuff like Sonic Frontiers, Sony etc?

    Cashed in my Esoteric X03se cdp to get into a dac/streamer/headPh amp so missing that and currently slumming it with my old Denon DCD1520 so not too deprived but interested in what a dedicated transport has to offer?
     
  18. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    The one I see on eBay is £999! That must be one hell of a transport.
     
  19. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

     
  20. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    If you're buying new and can get past the somewhat cartoonish display graphics, the wee top-loading Pro-Ject CD RS is my favourite at around a grand. It can be improved further by adding the external PSU at some point.

    https://www.decoaudio.com/deco_audio_cd_transports.html

    If you scroll down, they also show the current CEC model, although that would blow your budget by some margin. I suspect not many s/h models around.

    Current model transport is the TL5, not CD5 as I stated above. CD5 is a different beast, it has an onboard DAC with multiple inputs.


    Re Primare, no idea, but a quick Google shows a slot-loading mechanism, so personally I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.
     
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