I have recently bought paradigm studio 60 speakers and NAD C355 BEE integrated amp.Am currently playing it with my pioneer DVD player and am not happy with the sound.However, there is a whole lot of difference if i play through my i-pod.The sound is far detailed than the DVD player .Have seriously decided to go for a dedicated CD player.Need your recommendation.I would like to play all formats i.e CD-R, CD -RW ,MP3 etc....
I think where Chris is going with this is a good suggestion. If most of your music is mp3 or some other digital format, you could look at buying a quality DAC instead of a CDP and using your computer as a source. A lot of people are going that route more and more.
It is a combination of all. I have close to 300+ good quality CD's and i do keep on buying them.Just that i am looking our for a decent quality player that would do justice to all kinds of format..budget would be within US $ 500.
I keep buying cd's too, and I keep putting them in my music server.lol I like having the best of both worlds.
Jayram- I have personally come to the conclusion that a mid priced 500-1000 dollar DAC, giving the right combination(The output on the machine depends a lot on the sound as well) can easily smash most 1500-2500 dollar cd players. A dedicated cd player is fun too though. If your going to just use a regular PC or Laptop feeding a 100 dollar DAC then I would opt out for a dedicated cd player myself. Just some thoughts.
Yeah the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic is great. My dealer gave it to me for 420 taxes in which is a bargain. Usually its 500 like David said. David is right, it is the exact DAC that is in the 840C and it sounds wonderful. Also I have a HRT Music Streamer Plus and basic model. The Plus is right up there with the Magic, but different and the basic HRT model is an amazing bargain for 100 dollars. The HRT basic gives you quality that a 400-600 dollar CDP would produce. I would recommend any of the three.
840c sound compliments my panels and 'd' amp. The stuff I listen to sounds very coherent, at least for single session recordings. I don't use it enough, though. Most of my listening is casual thru XM / small dish.
I'm a little late to the party and simply don't remember the 840c NOT being adverted with the Anagram chipset. The balanced outs are also a slight gain against the UN. But that was with the issued cable, true junk, VS the Mogami.
No further changes for me. Next 'upgrade' will be something to listen to in the garage. And it ain't gonna be pretty!
A well-designed CD transport--the part of the player that holds, spins and plays the CD--should be isolated, stable and quiet during playback. Some players sacrifice transport quality for convenience, such as the mega-carousel players, where it is possible to load several hundred CDs at once.