Cary 306-200 or 300-200 w/volume control option
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I previously owned the Cary 306/200 and Wadia 861 with the GNS Statement upgrade as well as the APL modded 3910.
I currently own the Accuphase DP 500 (redbook only) and it is a great player. Built like the Wadia (superb) with a very non-digital musical presentation. Great dynamics (micro and macro), and bass. The mids are very neutral and the highs extended but not at all bright.
I play a lot of rock but not heavy metal and also use very sensitive speakers (Zu Audio Definition MK2)
I would certainly include the Accuphase to your list.
Priz,try to make an objective comparison as you obviously have the experience needed.
1.Wadia 861 (GNS Statement) vs. Cary 306/200 vs. Accuphase DP 500?
The areas for comparisons -
1. Bass (depth, tightness, speed, and dynamics of the double bass pedal)
2.Midrange (clarity, natural-sounding, vocal performance, timbre)
3.Treble (extension, smoothnes, and non-etched)
5.Non-digital (but without losing clarity,resolution and frquency extremes)
I will connect my player to 320B XLS SET thru Gabriel Gold Revelation IC cables, and both are extremely natural, relaxed and analog-like.I don't want a player that sacrifices dynamics or bass output.If my system is going to be weak anywhere, it could only be those areas.That's why dynamics and bass speed and impact are very important.
Since 306/200 outperforms 303/200, i will add 306/200 on my list.And Accuphase DP 500 too.Does Accuphase DP 500 have volume control?
Unfortunately the Wadia and Cary were used in a different system and room then the Accuphase.
I will say the Wadia is an all around better player than the Cary BUT costs twice as much with the upgrade.
A recent player of mine, the APL 3910 is very dynamic with a more forward presentation than the Accuphase. Both have excellent low end. I think the APL would also be a strong contender but lacks the build quality of the Accuphase or Wadia.
The Accuphase has a more laid back (relaxed if you will) presentation. It is a great musical player with killer detail. It does very well with rock, which is what I mostly listen to, Im just not positive how its presentaion will work with heavy metal. If you desire a more in your face (or upfront) presentation, I would choose the APL, Wadia 861 or 581SE.
Yes, you can run the Accuphase directly to the amp. Im currently doing soalso with Gabriel Gold interconnects.
I am surprised you also have Gabriel Gold ICs.I find them excellent.What is you opinion on these cables?
About Cd players - i believe my system will have relaxed presentation anyway, i think i need a more dynamic player.
What about Cary 306/200? Everywhere i looked at,it is very positively reviewed.Can anyone compare this player to Wadia 850 or 861(with or without GNSC)?
ALSO- CD playback is important to me, SACD not.Is 861se or 581se better on CD?Can someone clear this up a bit?
And how much better are they than 850?Is 581 or 861 worth the extra cash, compared to 850?
Audiobb, my opinion of the Gabriel Golds is that they are an outstanding cable. Many positives have been written about these cables so I guess a lot of people find them to be a great interconnect.
Its been too long for me to comment on the Cary 306/200. I owned it several years ago.
My best advice on the Wadias is to call Steve Huntley at Great Northern Sound. He modded my 861 and can answer any Wadia question probably better than anyone.
hi priz, a bit off topic i'm currently running a dp500 to a plinius 9200 integrated amp. i'm considering to upgrade the 9200 and wondering if i can just get a real good power amp and connect the dp500 direct. speakers are dyn C1. however i'm worried the range of volume control available on the dp500 (i think it only goes from 1 to 10) would be difficult to work with, especially in zeroing in on a desired listening level. in your setup do you find this to be an issue? would appreciate any comment.