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    Whats the Best sounding SACD/CD player

    An SACD/CD A conundrum

    Simply what is the best sounding SACD/CD player out there?

    Not so simple: Price. Certainly on this site players that are $8-20,000 are discussed. I know there are $80,000 players and transports etc and I am not talking about those. To many $20,000 players are not the “real world.” But in our little world, where ten grand is not terribly unusual what is the best one piece player?
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    I'm sure that it is some esoteric piece that I have never owned or possibly heard of. I know that Kenny has owned some pretty high-end players. Jim had one to die on him not too long ago, but I can't remember what it was.

    Best player that I have owned, is the Oppo BDP-103, and it's quite the bargain.

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    +1 for the Oppo, mine is the 93. You also get dvd-a thrown in, which sound even better imo.
    JR

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    I'm not sure that DVD-A sounds any different than SACD, at least in my experience.

    Many more of the DVD-A titles are multi-channel, where most SACD disc are stereo.

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    Here's a quality piece of hardware for the, very much, less affluent:

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    I've recently heard the Esoteric K-01 which was fantastic. I've also been very impressed with the Playback Designs MPS-5.

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    Jim,

    Wow, you must have some seriously talented hearing. One could buy an SUV for the cost of the MPS-5.
    Richard

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    I agree they're both ridiculously priced players, but they do sound really good.

    I use a $350 DAC so you can't call me an audiophile snob!

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    Have you looked at EMM Labs?

    I know KennyT had one of their setups and that they are very good. Upwards of $20,000.

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    I am not sure investing five figures is the best investment right now in that the three major labels are offering more and more of their A-list titles to downloads at 24/192 etc...

    Look at Sony's new media player for like $899 and stream your 24/192 file into that from the likes of HDTracks.com. Cheaper and likely better sounding for the most discerning ears.

    I fear $20,000 SACD-DVD-Audio players made more sense (if they ever did) about 5 to 7 years ago.

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