The SA7001-KI was a great player. I bought mine probably around the same time and had it for a good few years. I only sold it on when I bought the Cambridge 752BD six years ago. The WHF review at the time called it a bit light in the bass, but I used it with a Sansui AU-217 amp and some Mission 752s and the combination was terrific. One of my favourites.Next Wednesday will mark the 1st anniversary of Ken Ishiwata's death. I bought Hi-Fi sets he finalised for the double fun of listening and, secondarily, reporting back to him my experience.
But of mixing-and-matching, this is what I'm currently wearing:
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The amp is a 1993 release, PM-15, bought second hand in 2006. And SA7001 KI player was bought new in 2008. I find this combination sounding so attractive playing CantoPop SACDs that I want every listening occasion extended, no end. And each new day, I look forward to restarting…
I was reading your Time to change approach? Thread.For me the music is always the first consideration, but I am interested in the equipment as well. If I wasn't I'd simply have one of those set-ups and never read a hi-fi magazine or forum again.
1x dubbed casssette, 4x genuine…
So, I've found my cassettes (format that introduced me to many albums…)… Comparing the performance of their Hybrid SACD releases, CD layer sounds conclusively second place to its DSD version.
If anyone has a CD to recommend me, I'll look into it. But it'll have to be extraordinary for me to want to buy 16bit/44.1 again.
And having switched back to D'Appolito stacked Concept 20, I prefer the stacked performance.