Not very common in the US but it has received good reviews in European forums
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The CEC is more than twice the price! The idea, for me, is to try to get bang for the buck, which I don't think you get with Japanese products the way I perceive you can get with Chinese products. The $780 I quoted above for the CD-E5 is the price including shipping.
I'm hoping to hear from someone with experience with the product who could compare it to a more well known brand.
Currently, I have the following equipment:
Philips 963SA (transport)
Bolder modified smART DI/O (DA)
Teres 135 turntable
Denon 103D cart
Denon AU320 transformer
Conrad Johnson PV-12 pre
Modified Conrad Johnson MV75-A1 amp
VMPS 626R speakers
Nordost Blue and Bolder ICs
Analysis Plus Oval 9 speaker cables
I'm not into SACD (only own 2) and want to maximize CD sound to at least start to approach my analog system, without spending $2000. I'm looking for transparency and resolution, good frequency extension, and not too clinical or etched a sound. In other words, I want everything and I want it cheap!
The 963/modded DI/O has GREAT bass, but is not as transparent and grainless as I would like.
I am also very interested in this player. I was able to find a little bit of information on the net and have collected it in this thread on head-fi:
One good thing is that if you want to get more than one thing from cattylink the shipping becomes less of an issue. I am thinking about getting one of their Spider Racks as well and the shipping only raised from $150 to $200.