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New Farce?

I'm currently building a new system and searching for a CD player with a maximum budget of $2500. When I scanned through the Nov. issue and spotted the CDP-8 review, I dove right in.

Having been impressed by a few NuForce products, and a longtime fan of Wes my interest level was high. Then we hit the wall. A $1500 CD player powered by a wall wart. Really? Gimme a break. Hows about a few dozen AA batteries or perhaps a hand crank?

I really don't know what they were thinking, but the CDP-8 is off my list.

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I'm currently building a new system and searching for a CD player with a maximum budget of $2500. When I scanned through the Nov. issue and spotted the CDP-8 review, I dove right in.

Having been impressed by a few NuForce products, and a longtime fan of Wes my interest level was high. Then we hit the wall. A $1500 CD player powered by a wall wart. Really? Gimme a break. Hows about a few dozen AA batteries or perhaps a hand crank?

I really don't know what they were thinking, but the CDP-8 is off my list.

Did you listen to one, or is it a wall wart anti-fetish?

If I were in the market right now, I'd hit that "A+" or "A" rated Sony....after checking to see when its replacement arrives.

Let us know what you end up getting!

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Having been impressed by a few NuForce products, and a longtime fan of Wes my interest level was high. Then we hit the wall. A $1500 CD player powered by a wall wart. Really? Gimme a break.

Note that I did repeat the measurements using a high-quality, high-current linear power supply, with no change in the measured problems I found with the wall-wart supply.

We have since received the revised version that Jason Lim mentioned in his "Manufacturer's Comment" - it does measure very much better, even with the wall wart, and Wes has both it and the original version for a sound quality comparison.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

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I hate wall warts with a passion. I love to destroy them with my special hammer. I bought it on ebay, originally belonged to Klaus Mettalshmaker, Hitler's personal blacksmith.

Seriously, of course I'll give the CDP-8 a listen if I come across it. Just as seriously, it would take some fine sound to convince me I need it. I know my attitude is prejudicial, but I really think NuForce should at least offer a reasonable cost option.

I've been listening to a ton of gear, and when all is said and done I'll let you folks know what I got and why.

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Interesting, John. More food for thought. Thanks for the input.

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I went through the same search and with the same budget and ended up with the Bryston BCD-1.You can't go wrong.
Even with such a fine player, I was able to extract its full capabilities with extensive tweaking. That was the most fun.

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I wouldn't mind a wall wart on the face of my gear if it sounds better.

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The only problem I have ever had with wall warts is in the space they take up on that wall or power strip. I liked the old Audio Alchemy approach where they had a real plug, a short cord, and then one encounter the wall wart.

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For me, the take away from the review was that it sounded good even with massive amounts of jitter. It really makes me wonder about the audibility of jitter.

I look forward to reading the follow up.

Brian

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The only problem I have ever had with wall warts is in the space they take up on that wall or power strip. I liked the old Audio Alchemy approach where they had a real plug, a short cord, and then one encounter the wall wart.

Hear hear!

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