I have a nearly New Rotel 1572 if you are interested in it.
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I owned a Primare CD31 player for about 6 months and was very impressed with the SQ and the build quality.
I think I paid about $650 for it used oh maybe 15 months ago.
It has looks that you will likely either love or hate though. Mine was silver and I thought it looked more upmarket than its price suggested.
Just a thought.
I'll relate my experience with Rotel RCD-991. Purchased ex-demo early 2000's. Vinyl was my primary source at the time, so the Rotel served the purpose as secondary source.
Fast forward to 2011 after a break from Audio, decided to purchase a new Digital Spinner, the Rotel sounded like "A Piece Of Crap, to quote the great Neil Young. After sitting unused for three years or so, decided to get the RCD-991 upgraded by Burson, having read positive reports. They upgraded the Clock/Crystal & OPamps. The difference is staggering, the Rotel RCD-991, which was previously unlistenable now comes close to my Unison Research CDE, (using Balanced) the best CD Player I've experienced.
For Aus$350 parts & labour 3 or 4 year ago, the improvement is close to 2k worth in sound quality.
So can't recommend the RCD-991, stock, but if you have access to Burson or equivalent component upgrades, then definitely. Has been a reliable Player also.
Interesting... thanks for the info (initforthemusic).
So I’ve been looking over some of the players I listed and given bang-for-the-buck, I can get the following.
1. Adcom GCD-750
2. Creek CD53
3. Rotel RCD-1570/1572
4. McCormack UDP-1
Confirmed the adcom has true balanced outputs. For the money, I’m considering the adcom. Is the Creek CD53 $110 better? Is the McCormack $250-$300 better?
Realise you are on a restricted budget, but I'd personally advise against an older generation Player, unless the critical components can be upgraded. Every time I hear one of those older generation Players (stock), (and some were very expensive), they sound horrid, really fatiguing and poor dimensionality, micro/macro dynamics etc. Unlistenable, just poor musicality.
Good luck in your search.