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The Sony player I have does seem to play a very clear and clean sound. It was not very expensive and I bought it to try the improved audio over red-book cd and the multichannel output options. War of the Worlds sounds great, as does Elton John and Genesis in surround sound. Player listed in my footer. Can't complain. Even regular cd's sound very good.
to be honest i dont no what one to get.there are two onkyo cd players i like the c7070 and the onkyo sacd.i have also been pointed at the rega apollo and the arcam.but its hard to get good reviews for the onkyo,s and the rega,s maybe out of my price range.im looking for a upgrade for my cambridge 640c but im just confused of which way to go help !!!!!!!! :wall:
I've had a range of SACD players over the last five or six years. The best CD spinners were my current one, the Marantz SA7001-KI, and for non-SACD but CD only check out the Linn Mimik (the Mark 2 model is still supported by Linn) and Kenwood's DP7090. A truly great player from 1998. Overlooked in favour of the Marantzes and Arcams of the day but enjoyed a glowing review and crammed in eight(!) Burr-Brown DACs.
I've had a few SACDs over the years, but it's no biggie. Some say it jumps out at you, but I think it's more down to the mastering of the album, irrespective of the format to hand. I've got some truly brilliant CDs, I've got some truly awful SACDs. The thing really is to get to know which are the masterings to go for, or the mastering engineers to follow. If folk spent more time on that than worrying about which cable will do this or that for their stereos, they'd get a whole lot more out of the music they listen to.
The Kenwood though is a very good player for the money. Maybe go for a cheaper SACD player - something like Samsung's DVD-950H which was also one I had a few years back. Worth the £20 you'd probably have to pay for it just now!
i think the mastering does come into it.but still not sure which way to go cd or sacd .and when it come s to advice about cd players it seems to be very much each to there own.so i may hold off and keep looking .thanks all for the help
IMHO, having said what I did previously, your best bet would be a universal player like the Denon 2012 (you should easily find one for 500 quid), or Cambridge Audio 751BD (they stubbornly don't discount it yet). These players play CD very well too - I have the 751BD.
Well, arrange a demo of some players you find, then decide. Best way really. I wouldn't spend more than that now, but I think with my current digital source, I'm pretty sorted now. The Denon's been an unbelieveable find and is beyond what I'd expected of it. In fairness though, it was £1000 on release.