Spring for the new Sony XA5400ES with a street price of $1100 and you will be state of the art for years to come:O)
4 responses Add your response
Onix is a cloned Music Hall CDP and has recieved many accolades on agon over the years. If you decide to keep the Onix you may want to upgrade the op-amps to 627's. Will need to mount them to brown dog adaptors. They're a fairly inexpensive upgrade that pays for itself in performance. The 627's pull great amounts of detail from the discs. The Onix also casts a very wide soundstage. It's not a bass monster. It also decodes HDCD, you may have hdcd discs that you don't realize you own until the Onix tells you. A nice feature. At its agon price point, the Onix is a really nice piece to enjoy on your way to a higher performance machine such as recommended by Dave b.
I'm a big fan of the Adcom GDA 600/700 DACs: I own the 700 and am constantly amazed at how well it stands up to newer, pricer models. I really don't think you can go wrong with a GDA 600 since the cost of picking one up is only a few hundred dollars; cheap! They are VERY WELL BUILT! and simply aren't given the credit they deserve. My 700 is built like a tank and sits next to a YBA CD and and a North Star 192 DAC. And it can hold its own...
I've heard some people say they like the 600 better, but either one would be worth a listen.
The McCormack DAC is really good too.