I recently purchased the Aiwa XC37M for $90 to add multi-disc capability to my system. I am using a Monster lightspeed toslink to a Audio Alchemy DTI Pro to a Bel Canto Dac. I also have a Parasound CDT 2000, Marantz CD94 and Radio Shack 3400 which I use as transports. I have tried several other transports. The Aiwa is a good buy for $90 but it does not outperform the above mentioned Parasound (which I think once retailed for $1500-I got it new for under $700). It is about the equal of the Radio Shack or the Marantz, neither of which are slouches as transports. The Parasound is more transparent, has much deeper bass, and has more body in the midrange. However, there is someone named Stan Warren, who is offering a modification for $130 to the Aiwa which as it was described to me seemed as if it could elevate the performance of it. In its stock form, I would not recommend the Aiwa unless you use some form of jitter reduction device with it. However, I would make that statement about almost any transport priced less than $1500, including the Parasound. Also, the Aiwa has at least 3 lights that flash when a disc is playing which some may find annoying if you have to sit and look at it. It's mechanism clunks when a disc changes but what you want for $90? I have had no interest in trying it as a full range player but as a transport it is ok. It may not excite you but it won't annoy you, which is more than I can say for some budget cd players. Anyway I am happy with mine for what it's being used for and I will eventually get it modified within the next month or so.
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