Raysonic CD128 or CD168....I am a dealer for Pass and Raysonic and the combo is fantastic.
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Thanks for your input. I deceided to try a tube player and bought the Raysonic 168.Out of the box the sound stage was enlarged and the brighness of my Denon 3930ci was gone.Koko Taylor wasn't shrill,Jack Johnson's voice had body and Victoria Drake's harp had a resonance that filled the room leaving no doubt the sound box was wood!Slack key guitar had the attack and decay necessary for the goosebump factor of acoustic strings! Thanks Eric this is exactly what I wanted the sound is more analogue. I'm going to turn on the LED,s and listen! Sam out.
Added an ARC CD3 MKll to the system, this is a very good CDP IMO. I'm surprised by how warm the sound is, tube like (I think it's warmer overall than the Ray 168!). The extension, clarity and power in the bass were ear openers, I hadn't realized how much information I was missing in this area and how well the 3A Sigs & 2Wq's did when that info got to them! The hi's and mid's were also very impressive along with the PRAT. It never stumbled with complex pieces, unraveling passages with a smooth grace that is a pleasure to experience!!! To say I'm please with the CD3 MKll is an understatement!!!
The Ayre CX-7e is fantastic...but I haven't listened critically to that many CDP's in this pricerange - just Simaudio, Naim and Ayre. IMHO, the Ayre is extremely well-balanced which makes it enjoyable to listen to with all genres of music and all qualities of production.
Based on my auditions of their gear, Ayre's calling card seems to be a wide-open airy sound with an articulate and tonally accurate bottom-end.