Considering getting a dedicated cd player instead of using my CA 650bd and after replacing my CA 650a with the older but far superior 840a, I'm contemplating the matching 840c. It's being sold now for £400, surely this is a bargain buy, is it not???
Actually I've just twigged what you're replacing and am having second thoughts. Are you able to home demo the 840 against the 650BD? And while you;re at it borrow a DACMagic+ and see what that does to the stereo output of the BD?
I just bought the CA 840A V2 amp and the 840C CD-player on sale.
Both are going out of production because new models are being introduced in a little while.
The CD-player is absolutely great.
It adds a nice 3D to the sound, plus adds punch to the bass.
Plus you can use it as a DAC too, as mentioned, which I do.
I run the sound from my TV through the CA 840C digitally, and then into the amp.
840C is worth every penny if you ask me.
So is 840A V2
Snag is, there might be a problem finding an 840c. They're on Richer's 'Last Few' section where it states they may be ex-display/ex-repair, etc. Only a few stores have them, and only a couple of those have more than 1 in stock, so the others might only have their display model left.
I was half thinking an 840 combo might have been a nice change from my Arcam stuff. Oh well, not to be.