I have been a passive advocate for years. I went as far to insert a stepped attenuator in my CD player. I was using a CJ MV 60 with a direct feed from the CD player. As great as the sound was, I still felt something was missing. Clarity, accuracy, musicality were all there. Then I spent 4 days with a CJ Premier 18L and CJ MF 2500A. I switched in the MV 60 and everything I wanted was there. Blossom and dynamics I had never heard before and everything else was still there.
The Premier 18 was more than I wanted to spend, but worth every penny. The MV 60 and PV 14L was not the same. However, the PV 14L SE was almost the equal. I then inserted the MF 2250A and I was where I wanted to be.
I like and respect Cary. They make great equipment. I have not heard the SLP 88, but with the PV 14L SE I do not want to.
I had my previous system for almost 18 years and only added a new CD player 10 years ago. I intend to keep the new system, again with a new CD player in a couple years.
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