A friend of mine overseas just received this CDP (the Pro version, i.e.). I'm waiting to hear back from him..... His previous CDP was the Gryphon Adagio, which I've heard several times - simply a superb/fantastic CDP!! I wonder how the 306 Pro will compare/contrast to the Adagio??
Tvad, Not sure if what you just posted is true. I am not really sure of the version I had (there were so many versions), but I had it upgraded 3 times. One of the last upgrades was well after you had sold yours, because I remember reading that you said yours was kinda of thin sounding when played straight to an Amp without a Preamp.
Have had the new Cary 306 SACD Professional Version player in the system for a couple weeks now. It has several hundred hours break-in, allowing the sound to fully develop.
The new 306 Pro improves on the 306-SACD in several ways. The player has better playback of the low level sound on the disc. Instruments and singers convey more timbre and harmonic detail. The best words I have is that the music seems to have more energy imparted to each and every sound in the soundfield. Ambience is enhanced, the soundstage is very dimensional. With well recorded discs (Reference Recordings HDCDs) the reflections from the rear walls of the venue are easily discerned.
Bass is tighter, high frequencies are very smooth and extended. This player is all music, foot tapping and ear-ear grins.
SACD playback still sounds better to my ears than CD. The high frequencies are smoother yet, more liquid and natural. Ambient cues in the soundstage are more realistic. This player improves SACD playback in every way over the earlier version.
Disc access time is about 9 seconds for CD or SACD from pushing the close button until the player is ready to start playing.
The player has been flawless in performance. Even after continuous play for two or more days, the case remains lukewarm to the touch. Enjoy the music.
Oldvinyl thanks for the feedback. I have the older Cary CD306 (maybe we should dub it the "amateur" version since the new one is "professional") :)
My biggest irritation with this otherwise fine player is the drawer mechanism and transport. The drawer keeps on getting stuck on disk eject and needs a bit of manual help. Since I performed the Cary sanctioned upgrade, transport problems have largely gone away but the player still turns itself off if I give it too many commands via the remote (e.g. press "skip" 5 times in a row). Any such issues with the new player?
No problems with the drawer. I must admit, it would not have occurred to me to press the skip or any other button numerous times. That's just not my listening style. I usually put on a disc on listen to either a couple tracks or the whole disc.
Has anyone compared the Cary 306 Prof with any of the following - Marantz SA-7, EMM Labs CDSA, Esoteric X-03, Ayre C-5XE, Audio Aero Prestige, Symphonic Line CD Ref? These are all multi-format (accept the last one) players of similar price points.
Also, reading the above seems to indicate Cary have quality problems - is this the case?
This is a great CD Player. Made in China - Finished in USA. Great VFM product.
Currently I have 2 new CD Players in my set up; Cary CD 306 SACD Professional & the Meridian 808i.2 Both are about 2 & 1 month old respectively.
As most persons have oberved, the Cary is a nice machine. Very very high on resolution. I prefer the play back on 192 Khz. The Bass is 'taught' & goes rather deep. The 'resolution' is right up there with the best I may have auditioned.
The CD Drawer is still not as good as I would have liked. My player runs 'hot' [more than luke warm].
Power Cable change does not affect the sound on this machine. Tried various cords from Jorma Design to Transparent PLMM and the sound does not change;;
I recommend an audition to all. This might just be the 'value buster' amongst the 'new' age CD Players of the world.
I did not find SACD to be better than CD !!
Cary Audio CD 306 SACD [Serial # 08306PV6044] Meridian 808i.2 Signature Referance CD Player [Serial # 808.200379]
I now have 100 hours on my Cary and it sounds beautiful but I added lassloss power cords to the amp and player and now I have a 20% increase in everything - I have pics and the full story if any one is interested