I am new to high end audio, and have recently purchased the Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor and am pairing it with the Sonus Faber Musica. I am having trouble finding a CD player that is a good fit with this combination.
When I demo'd the gear, I listened to a YBA player that I thought sounded great. However, I have reservations about the electronics of the YBA (it didn't read one of my disks). I then auditioned three CD players on a different system (with Audio Physics speakers) this weekend. These were the new Musical Fidelity $2500, Arcam FMJ33, $2500, and store demo two year old Cary 303/200 $2300 (askings). I thought the Cary was the best of the group, and was unfortunately disappointed with the Arcam.
Recognizing this is an individual preference, I would appreciate any thoughts from more experience listeners on players. I feel like both the speaker and the amp can handle a very good source, and am reluctant to pair them with a weaker CD player. That said, i am not particularly crazy about moving into $4k for a CD. Any thoughts on strong, neutral, pure 2-channel CD players for this system?