You could try a used Musical Fidelity CD PRE 24 . One in good condition would be in the $1000 - $1200 range.
The beauty of this component, in addition to the performance of the CD player, is the excellent preamp. Built like a tank.
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Rar1 (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
My standard recommendation meets your requirements perfectly. Get a used Resolution Audio Opus 21.
Timrhu (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Get an Opus 21 as mentioned or perhaps a Sony 5400. Another good choice is the Oppo 95!
Grannyring (Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Thanks, this is my 1st system so the advice is great. Should i be looking for a laidback/warmer CDP (sound i think i prefer) or a smooth CDP that mirrors the halos sound? I don't know much about mixing components and advice would be great. Has anyone heard the Quad Elite CDP? Thanks again -
Watsonblues (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Hey Watsonbules, save $1K and invest in a brand new Rotel RCD-1520 CDP. I had the RCD-1072 for about 6 years which was fabulous but got the upgrade bug. Purchased the 1520 a few months ago and love it. Combined with a pair of AQ King Cobras, man it is sweet. I love the front slot loading mechanism vs the drawer and it does NOT impact the disks at all as you may think it would. You can't beat that Rotel build quality and long trouble free life. I listen to everything from pure jazz, smooth jazz, classic rock & blues, roots and soul and some classical. This machine handles it all well and balanced.
Pdn (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)