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OCLV5500
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Back for more advice - looking to upgrade CD Player.

Hi Guys,

Back in September I posted for the first time looking for advice. I received lots of great feedback and based on your input, I ended up going in different but much better direction than I was planning.

Currently my system consists of the following:

Rotel RSX-1057 (using as a pre for surround)
Adcom GFP-750 2 channel preamp with HT Bypass.
NHT Power 5 amp
NHT Classic 4s as my mains
NHT SuperCenter
NHT SuperZero's as surrounds.
Pioneer Elite 50 inch plasma
Panamax M4300-EX Power Conditioner
Sony BDP-S360 (got tired of waiting for the Oppo BDP-83)

I'm looking to upgrade my source from the inexpensive Blu Ray player to a dedicated 2 channel CD (maybe SACD) player.

On paper, I'm looking at the following:

Sony 5400es SACD player
Marantz 8003 SACD
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Special Edition.
Rotel RCD-1520.
Cambridge Audio 740 or 840.

So, my questions for you guys are the following. Are players of this caliber a good match for the level of equipment I have. I don't have many SACDs...only a handful of hybrid discs. I don't see myself looking to go crazy with SACDs....I'm really looking for something mainly to use with my redbook CD collection. Should I be considering any other products/players or am I heading in the right direction?

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Re: Back for more advice - looking to upgrade CD Player.

Hey Steve,

Good to see you back. I hope you have been enjoying your Classic 4's and Power 5 amp.

Great list of CDP's, love the top two choices.

Enjoy

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Re: Back for more advice - looking to upgrade CD Player.

Top 2 choices here as well.

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Re: Back for more advice - looking to upgrade CD Player.

Thanks guys. I've been enjoying the NHT Classic 4s and Power 5 tremendously. I also bought an Adcom GFP-750 recently......funny story....I was looking for a used one and on a whim decided to write Adcom an email. Turns out they had the parts to build 6 brand new GFP-750's and had been selling them throughout the '09 year when people contacted them. I was able to get the last brand new GFP-750 direct from Adcom. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to hook it up yet.

Almost everything I've read about the Sony is flattering with the exception of one review where they liked the Sony more for SACD, but the Marantz more for CD. Do either of you (or anyone else follow this thread) have any experience with these two players.....or any reason to agree/disagree with the idea the Marantz may be better for CD over the Sony?

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Re: Back for more advice - looking to upgrade CD Player.

The Sony is not in the same class with the others you list.

It is so much better that the others are 3rd-rate by comparison.

Stereophile rates the Sony A+, while the others are maybe Class B at best.

But more to the point, I had been using the Ayre C5-Xe, which is rated A+ also, and the Sony blows even IT away; no comparison!

I think it is the best-sounding CD player for less than $10,000 period!!

Its $1500 price tag is an anomoly; if they were selling it for $8000 I would have bought it in a heartbeat. I have never heard such wonderful sound.

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