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As for state of the art SACD, I would not argue in favor of the 20+ year old Sony, impressive as that unit was.
State of the art today is probably ripping SACD files and playing them through a modern DAC that will accept the .dsf files. Limited there only by the DAC choice. Not familiar with quality of these, but perhaps a second choice is a Bryston/PS Audio type of device that will accept HDMI output from an SACD disk player.
@jafant I did hear a very good Luxman CD/SACD player last month with Luxman m900u/c900u and TAD ME1 speakers. I think we only did the CD section in the demo via ROON (no physical disks). It was so good that I was thinking I should just buy this whole Luxman system and be done with. I am trying to replicate that sound with different lower cost parts, including keeping my Sony SCD-1.
Look around for a Modwright tube modified Sony cd player. I have a 999es that gives my Oracle Delphi VI / Graham Phantom II Supreme/ Sumiko Talisman Virtuoso DTI a run for its money.
At this stage of the game it comes down to the recorded source to determine which sounds better analog or digital. Even non SACD compete with my turntable. I own 2, one all tube,other one is a hybrid.
Everyone (except Elizabeth) seems to forget that all alleged “super audio” playback media designed to overcome alleged deficiencies of Redbook CD playback (16-bit, 44.1kHz) are simply bandaids to a now-solved problem today. Just get a decent, low jitter transport and a decent modern DAC and be happy. Hell, a lot of decent modern CD players provide such benefits.
As an owner of the Yamaha, I support the recommendation of the CD-S2100. It's built at a much higher level than you'd expect from a large manufacturer. In support celander's point, this unit won't force you to buy 2 pieces of equipment (and associated cables) since it'll play CD, SACD, and it's DAC supports DSD native playback.
My only nit to pick on the Yamaha is the slow layer change function if you're loading a dual layer SACD. Otherwise, it's a solid pick.
Seems like cd players all sound different. The Yamaha CD S2100 had synergy with my system. It was even kind to marginal sounding cds. Moving up in the food chain might be a step up, but would that mean worse sound on marginal sounding cds? My system CJ Premier 11A Tube Amp, CJ PV11 TubePre Amp ,Apogee Centour speakers ,Yamaha cd S2100 (Replacing cambridge audio 840C cd player)
Yes cds sound better then ever.I agree. Since they sound different and better i have to listen to all my cds again . Nice upgrades .The Marantz sa 10 is highly regarded. I love Maggies. My friend just traded in his 3.6 for 20.7 and sub woofers. BTW im listening to Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus.( Dec 11 1968) . Brian Jones still in group ,probably Nicky Hopkins om piano. Recording OK/ Music good.