I have had a CEC-TL1X for 2.5 years ... love it, and no service problems at all.
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There is a HUGE difference between CEC's top of the line players mentioned above and CEC's current $500 player that is sold via AudioAdvisor. There are several players in the CEC line, so you might want to ask about a specific model.
The top of the line units sell for several thousand dollars, the 3300 sells for $499 at AudioAdvisor. Which one are you asking about?
I've enjoyed my TL-1X transport, feeding a Chord DAC64, for a couple of years now. To my ears this is a magical combo.
BTW, Psychicanimal, if "Audio Advisor does not sell the CEC player anymore" they have a strange way of going about it! Their ad on page 118 of the latest TAS, #147, shows the CEC 3300 at an introductory price of $499.95.
Maybe their advertisements last longer than their offerings :)
Kidding aside, if you check their site, they don't have it anymore. About 3 months back, I asked them which player was better around $600 (CEC-3300 , Pioneer 563a, Cambridge AZUR-640 or Phillips 963SA). The gentleman who respond told me the CEC-3300 was the best of all. They had several units at a lower price because were returned..????? Maybe it wasn't that good really.
AA is local to me and I demoed one of the CEC 3300's that someone else returned.
The 963sa is hands down a better cd player than the 3300 from its analog outs and the CEC may have had a slight advantage as a cheap transport.
Having AA local is nice as they don't seem to mind you bringing gear back as much as the local higher end stores do.
They take returns whithout the attitude and whith a smile which is refreshing to say the least.