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Costin
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Advice on universal player

Hello all,

I would like to buy an "universal" player.
The budget is ~5,000 USD but I could squeeze another 1.000 if necessary.
I narrowed my choices to the following models:
1. Theta Digital Compli
2. Esoteric DV50
I like the performance of Theta Digital's products (currently owning a David) but I am less happy with the reliability of their transports and their excessive sensitivity to even minor flaws (scratches, finger marks) of the disc surface.
OTOH, the Esoteric seems to use a very reliable transport and, according to reviewers, is built like a tank... but I never listened to it.
Any advice ? Are there other brands/models I should consider ?

Before stating the obvious "go listen for yourself", please consider that, in my corner of the world, I can only test the Compli since the distributor of Teac does not stock the more expensive Esoteric line (available on order only).
Also, this is the main reason I ruled out products from Simaudio (no local distribution). Yes I know I could (maybe) mail-order but I am not confortable with the scenario of overseas service.

Thank you !

Buddha
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Re: Advice on universal player

Wow, you have great timing.

You MUST audition an APL Hi Fi 3910.

Go to...

http://www.aplhifi.com/

Truly truly worth your time.

I've heard his players and LOVE them.

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Re: Advice on universal player

Thanks, Buddha, but (unfortunately) I cannot follow your advice.
To make things easier to understand: I live in Eastern Europe so traveling to the US just to audition a player (or even 10 players, for that matter) is out of the question. Should things be different I would decidedly NOT spend 5 grand on any piece of equipment without listening to it by myself... but, as it happens, I have to rely more on advice and reviews (which are always stellar no matter how bad the component realy is) to make my decision.
I only hope advice from fellow audiophiles is less biased (no ad money at stake).

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Re: Advice on universal player

The Linn Unidisk is right at that price point, got a great review from WP and AD I believe, and plays every format known to man...and is a preamp processor to boot. Now that is way cool!!!!! You should be able to find it where you are.

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Re: Advice on universal player

Sorry to hear about the difficulty of auditioning the component.

I would go so far as to recommend the APL 3910 to someone sight unseen.

Alex, the owner, is from Bulgaria, maybe he has a relative with a player nearby!

That player is so good, if I had one I wouldn't care if they stay at redbook for all future digital discs.

It's an A+ deck.

Best wishes on your hunt, keep us posted!

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