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CD players for classical music - analogue sounding (?)

So if I replace my Cyrus what should I be looking at ? The Unison CD is one that I've heard great things about, and an Arcam has been suggested, and maybe Musical Fidelity A5 ? I want something that sounds as close to vinyl as possible.

Maybe I need to ditch my NAIM amps and go for valves ?

Having said all that I got the amazing Ashkenazy / Decca recording of the Rachy Symphonic Dances at the weekend, and the recording really showed off the Cyrus.

Then I played an EMI LP of Boult conducting RWV 3, done at the Kingsway Hall with the Philharmonia. The shock of hearing strings as they should reminded me how much I prefer the sound of Vinyl (from a 15 yrs old deck costing 1/4 the price of the Cyrus).

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Re: CD players for classical music - analogue sounding (?)

Try investing $400 in a Musical Fidelity X-10v3 Tube Buffer. Insert it between your player and your preamp using good copper vs. silver interconnects and, I suspect, you'll like the results.

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Re: CD players for classical music - analogue sounding (?)

Arcam CD192 might give you the required sound at a reasonable price. Cdps in the FMJ range are even better but are much more expensive and you have to decide where you reach the point of diminishing returns. I have this same Rachmaninov recording (outstanding) on both CD and vinyl, and the CD192 gives a close rendition.

In my view nothing sounds analog through Naim electronics, not even a turntable. Replace them with anything!

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This seems to be quite well respected and comes with a 14 day return. This player has almost universal praise from purchasers.

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I can testify that the Njoe Tjoeb CD player has an outstanding price/quality ratio. I have one with the upsampler card. It has a tube output stage, so it's possible to further improve the sound by replacing the stock tubes with some NOS Siemens for example.

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Hi Neil

I've read the replies from the other posters and they're all right about their suggestions.Whatever you do, Do give a listen to the Unico cd. Also,i've heard the Abjoeb sounds best without the upsampling board,so,if you decide to give it a try,listen do both players,one with and one without the board.

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I saw that Wilson was using an Audio Research CD3 mkII to demo their $45,000 speakers, so I bought a used CD3 mkI on ebay for $3000, sent it to ARC for upgrage to mkII for $1000. This player sounds as close to vinyl I have heard. On well recorded cds it sounds better to my ears. I have a hard time with surface noise and the cost of turntables, phono sections etc. The sound is smooth and accurate.

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