IHMO the BAT while vey good places third on my list of CDPs, Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista second and the EMC-1 first.
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D5 Se is an excellent cd player. It was natural Number 1 choice for my all-BAT system.
If you want 24/whatewer upsampling in your CD player, BAT has an upgrade for $800.
However, I would not buy it without home audition especially if you are planning to use it with single-ended preamp.
Secondly I would hesitate to deal with dealer who knows that you are serious about this piece and still wouldn’t let you to audition a consignment equipment.
Thirdly I would try to audition Resolution Audio Opus21 player. It’s $3000 new and they have 30-day return policy if you buy direct.
i have owned it for 3 years and love it . Many models have come and gone in an attempt to replace it from Classe to Acoustic Research , to Linn but there is something so incredibly seductive about its lush , rich soundfield that I just will not part with it. It is a tricky beast as it fully opens up after a good hour or so after firing it up and it took a year to break in in my opinion.The Absolute Sound took a shot at it by claiming it was dark and restricted in the upper spectrum and I guess they have a point but I personally crave wading sonically through its deep textured soundstage.Audio is a romantic endeavour and synergy is a chemical bond that can expose a tradgey or unearth a dream come true . Audiogone members like Mike Lavigne take great pains to insure the matching of each component in his chain is harmonious and conclusive . We all have our own paths and as suggested above , audition it in your own system first. You just may be swept away like I still am.