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BlueDenture Audio
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Joined: Dec 1 2020 - 8:23am
First Post - Need advice on balance/channel issues with older SACD player

It’s so refreshing reading what I’ve seen of this forum today because most people in real life do not seem to understand or care about why people like us would be inclined to pursue the best sound quality possible. When trying to explain why I’ve become obsessed with music sound over the past year, I try giving the analogy of eating homegrown vegetables after being used to eating supermarket vegetables - the experience of having super fresh and high quality vegetables makes people rethink their tastes, much like how audiophiles’ music tastes are influenced by sound quality.

When I was in college in the early to mid 2000s, learning about music and collecting records was my primary hobby, but I began losing interest in music around 10 years ago. Back then I was content listening to good music with mediocre to terrible sound. My dad has been an audiophile for as long as I can remember, and the 1980 Yamaha amp and pre-amp I use now he had bought new. About a year ago I decided I was going to get his vintage components up and running and think I’ve finally created a fantastic setup at my house. There had been so much trial and error and times I’d wanted to cave and succumb to modern conveniences and compromise sound quality, but I taught myself a lot in the process. I’ve also had people act like their modern equipment is automatically better than my vintage equipment and has been amazing playing music for people and seeing their responses.

The CD player I am using is a Sony SCD-CE 595 that I’d gotten in college and was one of the first SACD players. Most of the time when I play a CD on the player, especially now that I’ve added a Modi 3 DAC, it sounds really nice. However, roughly 1/3 of the time when I try playing a CD from files I downloaded, there will be a balance issue with the amp, and I’ll have to set it to play on mono for the recording to be perfectly balanced. Not sure if this would matter, but I have two sets of speakers hooked up to the system. My first thought was that something to do with this player being meant for surround sound was what was the issue but doesn’t seem likely to me. I’m also wondering if maybe it’s simply an older CD player, and it’s having trouble adapting to today’s high quality music files that I’ve been using whenever possible, ie 24 bit or high bit rates that weren’t around when the player was made.

Any input or ideas would be welcome. I’m hoping I don’t need to get a different CD player but wouldn’t be the end of the world. Thanks.

- Fleer

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