Audiolab 8300cd


I have been thinking if this unit because of it’s dual role of CD player and DAC using multiple digital inputs. There is very little discussion of it here on Audiogon. I recently bought a Bluesound Node 2i. The sound is somewhat thin using it’s internal DAC. I listen to cds in this system along with streaming. The Audiolab 8300 cd caught my attention because of the DAC feature I can use with the Nide 2i and the relatively modest cost.
Does  anyone have any experience with this player or any possibly helpful info? Thanks!
valinar
I bought a Emotiva ERC-4 CDP w/DAC when my old cdp died.  It sounds good but I recently bought an external DAC- MHDT Stockholm v2 and it raised the SQ to a much higher level.  I would look for a nice decent transport or cheaper cdp and buy a really good DAC
I have a two year old NAD c516bee CD player. Thought about that for a transport but the simplicity of a one box solution is of interest to me.
No experience but it sounds like a lateral move.
After reading what little I could find online about the 8300cd this afternoon I am considering a modestly priced stand alone DAC for now. I have been looking at the Schitt Bifrost 2. The $699 price is agreeable.
I can revisit a transport later.
Have not heard the Audiolab but agree to just buy the best standalone DAC in your budget. I have a Bluesound Vault II and agree the DAC within is ok but nothing special. After a week of letting it burn in I hooked it up to my Cambridge 851C which also has DAC inputs and just standing at my preamp changing from the Bluesound on its own or going through the Cambridge the difference for the better was night and day and I was using the same cables (two sets) so the comparison was as fair as it could be except the addition to the SPDIF cable.

The Cambridge is a great player and DAC for the money but later I added a separate DAC and now my Cambridge just sits collecting dust these days. I mention it all the time that if you’re using the stock power cord on your Bluesound buy a better cable as it does help improve things. Unless you enjoy buying CD’s I’d just buy a DAC and stream and run your current player into the DAC if it has digital out and the DAC you pick has enough inputs... just don’t use Toslink.
I had a 546bee.  Couldn't handle the auto shutdown if paused for a few minutes. I used in for a transport until I got a better one.