Ive owned this player in mk 1 and 2 form and have owned the AA cap 2 for nearly 5 years. The 1 had that textured midrange magic that few other digital players which I have heard have. The 2 retains that magic w/ a better all around performance though. The midrange may seem more recessed in the 2, but I think that is the bass being superior and highs being more extended. The 2 pulls the balancing act of musicality with plenty of detail, no small feet for a redbook player. I would seek a mark 2 out if your playing mainly redbook cd's, although I admit my experience with higher res pcm and sacd is limited. If your buying new , insist on a demo and be.
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