The direct competition to the Denafrips is the Jay's CDT-MkII. No point in considering it without considering the Jay's as well. And you're more likely to find comparisons between these two.
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Denafrips CD transport?
Went to buy one to see shipping cost on Vinshine's website Transport was S$1698.00 which is parity with Australian dollar, and then shipping was s$9999.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What gives Vinshine ( Alvin Chee, Owner) ??.
Got an email, I understand now, if Denafrips have an agent in your country which I couldn't find, they are the ones you need to purchase from. Australia is even mentioned as partners on the Denafrips website. or even on the world map.
A comparison between the Denafrips and the Jay's would be great. As would between these and the CXC. My greatest interest would be between the Denafrips and the CXC as the Denafrips is about 1/2 the cost of the Jay's. May purchase the Denafrips and make this comparison, in no hurry however.
With the realization that there are not yet many out there, I am hoping to hear from owners of the Denafrips.
When I emailed Alvin about that he said Jay’s Audio has been making transports for many many years. He said Jay’s is the better transport.
Maybe for hi-res and dsd the Denafrips would be better, but I do strictly Redbook and the Jay’s using the I2S output going to my AM Tubadour III
SE Dac sounds great.
I found the post comparing the Jay's Audio CDT2 to the Denafrips Avatar where the Jay's ended up being sold. There are some disclaimers since different inputs to the Terminator DAC were used. Seeing Alvin's comment above YMMV would seem to apply.