CD/SACD/DVDa player for new system


Well we've been hauling around several boxes of vinyl for 20+ years. The kids really love music and I thought it would be fun to pull out the old records and the B&O RX turntable (20 years old too) for the kiddies. Well, the Bose 321 GX has no phono stage. Bought a Parasound for that, and have since decided that we just don't have enough music in our lives. So I have now purchased an Onkyo A9555S integrated and two Infinity Primus 162 bookshelf speakers. I'd like to be able to play some CDs/SACDs/DVDas but have no idea what player to get. Very limited funds so I could scrape together maybe $500 before I get in too much trouble. Would be nice if we could use it for DVDs by hooking it up to a reasonably ok 400 dpi Infocus projector but I'm ok with getting a separate DVD player (like an OPPO).

Just hoping some of you audiophile braniacs can help me attach logical things to my new integrated amp. It will help me to stop obsessing and start listening. We listen to rock, folk, some but not much classical. I like warm music that isn't too bright.

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer!
julieb
Oppo CD/DVD/SACD player.
An alternative to the Oppo would be a used Denon 3910 or 2910. They've got good audio and video performance, are well-built machines and within your price range.
I'm w Sfar.
I agree with Sfar on the Denon 3910. Very hard to beat.
Thank you all so much! All of your responses are very helpful. I guess I'm just getting overwhelmed with all the options I've been learning about.
On a limited budget, I don't think the Oppos can be beat. The Oppos will play every type of commercially available disk (CD, DVD, SACD, DVD-A HDCD).

Buy your choice of Oppo player direct through Amazon and get free shipping. Plus Amazon is typically very good about returns. if it doesn't meet your needs, send it back.

Enjoy,

TIC
Aacck! I just bought a used Denon 2910 off ebay for $245 (incl. shipping) - trying to end the obsession so I can go on to obsess about other things. If this goes south I'll try the Oppo.

How about advice on a tuner since I have a little money left to play with?
Here's my "thinking outside of the box" tuner recommendation:

Buy a Tivoli PAL portable radio! It is a great radio with a rechargable battery. You can use it outside for picnics, poolside, etc., and because it's rechargable, the battery is always good and it's great to have in case of an emergency power outage. It is a mono radio with a decent built-in speaker.

As a tuner, it has an external 1/8" stereo RCA plug so you can stick a 1/8" stereo to dual RCA adaper (Available at radio shack) into it and connect a pair of stereo RCA interconnect cables. In this setup, the tuner is stereo and it outputs nice stereo sound.

I love my PAL. Its a fine little affordable portable, weather resistant radio and it makes a decent am/fm tuner too.

BTW, I'm not old school, I'm odd school......

Enjoy,

TIC
Thanks Rueben! I actually looked at the Tivolis today but wasn't sure how to make the attachments. You have clarified that for me and I appreciate it. Odd school works for me.

Also, thanks to all for your help. You are all generous with your time and advice. I can't wait until I get it all hooked together and turn it on.
I was in your same spot a few months ago. Get the NAD T-585. It is available on this site for $500.00. I purchased on and I am blown away. I've compared it to separates costing over $3k and I like it better. I haven't even tried DVD-A or SACD yet. It does not have HDMI and i don't use it for video only audio.
The very best SACD/DVD Audio/Redbook CD player is the Ayre C5xe. I also have a Denon 2910 that I use for my hi def tv. I will tell you that the Ayre just kills the Denon...no contest.
Hi all,

Well, I'm sitting here listening to my new system - Onkyo 9555 int. amp; Denon 2910 CD/DVD; Infinity Primus 162s. It sounds better than any system I've had in my life. My husband, who previously had no interest in my current obsession, has been listening non stop. My 8 year old son played the Beatles for about 3 hours last night.

Thanks to all for your great help. For those of you whose advice I did not take, I'll save your comments for the next system!

Julie
Congratulations, Julie, those are all great choices and if (when) you get the urge to upgrade, the Denon and Onkyo will work very well with speakers at the next level up.