You may want to include a Lector 0.6t to your list. Very nice sounding and you can tube roll. I have one connected with an audience power cord and AU24 IC. Very smooth sounding.
hold the presses. i just received today, the melody cd m10. it uses 2 6sn7 tubes and an ar5 rectifier tube. it has 2 massive power supplies and weighs 75 pounds.
i will be reviewing this player for audiophilia.com, so i can't say too much.
i suggest you audition this player before you buy anything else. the retail price is $2500.
Is the Lector 0.5T any good? I love the reccomendations guys, thanks. Do you think any of your reccomendations would be a lateral step to the side from my DV-59AVi? Cause it sounds pretty darn good. I am coming off from a full on vinyl system and i am looking for the most analog sound i can get for my budget, again, thanks!
Well, i am about to take the plunge, but i need a little help deciding between a few different models:
Classe CDP 1
I am really looking for the most smooth analog presentation that can be had. I really would prefer that the unit has both solid tight bass and most importantly the least amount of shrillness in the upper freq's.
The Oppo DV-970HD (149.US) is insanely good , having been favorably compaired to players costing gads more.
Go to www.Oppo.com read the reviews and the buy yourself one. Use the 970 as a tool to compair other units. Most likely you will keep this gem that has more options , SOTA chips and "magic" in the music.
If you are willing to spend a grand and half you owe it to yourself. Oppo has a liberal return policy. Nothing to loose but a few bucks on s/h but I feel you will be shocked at the value for $.
No longer distributed here in the US, but you can find the Cairn Fog v.2 here used on A'gon.
This was a long time reference CDP of mine. I sold it, I regretted it and now again I am a proud owner - as soon as I put it back in the system in found what I had been missing. This player is incredibly musical IMO!
Considering that a Linn Ikemi was just listed on Audiogon for $1500 (which sold already), it seems warranted to suggest adding that CDP to your short list. Months back I sold mine on Agon for $1900, but it was a mint model which I had purchased new just a couple years before. That CDP was a phenomenal redbook player in my system (at the time, a Bryston B60 integrated B&w DM 603 and Stax Electrostats + tube earspeaker driver unit). The only reason I sold it was to upgrade my whole analog rig. Treble to die for...plus I concur with much of what else has been written about the Linn.