CD Player Upgrade:Please Help


Hello,
I want to upgrade my cd player. It is a marantz sa8001. I bought it brand new and have had it for several months. I think it is a good value, as it offers nice sound for reasonable money. I do think, though, that now, with my latest preamp upgrade to an ARC LS25MKII, the cdp is holding my system back. I am looking for a red book cd player, and something that will be a synergistic fit with the down stream electronics and speakers. The ARC chain is very fast, open, clear and dynamic, and with a touch of velvety warmth that I love. The dyns are neutral and pretty transparent. I am looking for an equally relaxed, open, and dynamic cdp. My budget is about 1500. I was considering an ARC CD2 for that total synergy thing but what other contenders are there at this used price point?
Thanks!
dpac996
Benchmark. Try the cd tweeks prior to spending your $$$. You may be pleasantly surprised.
I am currently using a Linn CD source with my ARC pre and am very happy with the combination.

The Ikemi is a great CDP and is in your budget.

Good luck.
Jim
I wonder if you could find an Ayre CX-7e used in your price range? The Ayre has amazing synergy with ARC, I had it with my ARC CA-50 into ProAc monitors for a few years till I got the Ayre integrated. Still miss the CA-50 though. I think you would be seriously impressed with the Ayre CD player in your system, to the same degree as with the addition of your ARC amp.
Sc53, I have been wondering about that Ayre Cx7e for some time. There are quite a few now, but i'm in research mode. I need to get over to Gifted Listener Audio in virginia, to hear this cdp.

Tarsando: what cd tweaks are we talking here?

What about the Cary 303/200. It has a digital input which is cool for my squeezebox.

Thanks!
Dave
Gifted Listener is a great store - I've dealt with Tom many times.
Auric, Bedini, black cds, cleaner.
Would you consided modding your SA-8001? If you don't want to spend a lot of $$$$ that might be the way to go. I owned a 8001 just long enough to realize how good it was(200 hrs) but had 3 other players at the time and sold it.
It definitely has potential
If you could up your budget just a bit, try: Electrocompaniet, Resolution Opus 21, Audio Aero, maybe even a Rega Saturn...

I have the Cary 303/200; with your ARC gear it may sound a bit forward.
For $2250 it is a top notch player, with great read book & sacd capability. Check one day sale on Audiogon
Marantz sa11a1. got cut off in posting
Considering I have a squeezebox and love the surfing capability here, I am also considering a nice outboard DAC, or just saying the heck with it and go for the transporter. The transporter has digital input too, but I wonder how much better would the DAC/analog section be over the current 8001?
THoughts?
Thanks
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