Wanting to purchase a DVD player with digital out to use as a transport when I acquire a dac later on and was wondering which player would have the best audio sound pre dac usage?Older is fine with a $200 or less price.Thanks for any info.
For me I've had great success with the

Oppo DV-980H DVD Player.


You should be able to find this player for under $200 easily. Knock on wood.
Know a friend with a Pioneer DV37 in great shape for $30.

Actually, I have heard the older Oppo DVD players and they really don’t make a good digital transport. The audio from the digital coax output of the older Opp’s were bright/harsh. I have also heard older Pioneer BluRay players having this problem.

Maybe try a newer Oppo 103 used? I also have used new Sony BluRay players that make an excellent digital transport (i.e. taking audio from digital coax output or even HDMI output).  These are any of the Sony blu ray players from the last 3-4 years, and they are extremely cheap!

The DV980H was originally $169.00 usd. I have one. Only has optical output. No digital Coax out.  For fun I ran it through an Emotiva Stealth dc 1 with a Kimber optical cord and the Oppo's CD section still sounded better alone. Good little player, for the $.

But I dont like the way DVD rom transports spool and read CD's. I feel its better to have a dual laser machine or have a CD player performing transport duties. 

Picked up a Rega Planet for $50 at a garage sale.Nice sounding player that can be a transport as well.
It seems you have a knack for garage sale shopping. Nice find for $50. 
Thanks,family was moving overseas and didn't want to take too many things.Live near a military bass and sometimes you luck out on some nice items.
I agree! Nice purchase. Saturday I listened to the Rega Apollo R through a PrimaLuna integrated amp and Totem Hawk speakers at Audible Elegance in Cincinnati. Fantastic!

This was the original made for an analog sound.

Interesting find!  Here's an interesting thread I found on the Rega:


Yea the player is different, but cool at the same time.It has ran and sounded pretty good so hopefully it well serve me well for awhile. 

Pioneer Elite.
What are the thoughts on the Sony NS999es as a CD player only?


I have no experience with that particular unit. That being said, the Sony "ES" series was just that, "Elevated Standard". 

I also agree with jafant on the Pioneer Elite option. They manufactured some good gear too. 


Have you located a transport yet?
Audible Elegance has a used Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD for $125.00 on consignment/ebay on their website.



It's interesting that you brought that up.  I actually used to have the Pioneer BDP-05FD.  I actually found that it wasn't good as a digital transport at all.  It produced a very bright/harsh sound when using the digial coax output (much like the earlier Oppo players).  Though, I was not able to test sound through HDMI.

See if you can get a hold of an Onkyo DV-SP1000 player or it's sibling Integra DPS-10.5.  The build quality is impeccable and possesses one of the smoothest tray mechanisms I have ever had the pleasure of demoing/owning.  I still own the Integra DPS-10.5 but have owned another one and the DV-SP1000.

These were mfr'd around 2005 so they are a bit scarce.  Used prices are closer to $300.00 than $200.00.  There is one Onkyo and one Integra for sale on Ebay right now but neither has a remote.  There is a remote for sale in a seperate ad.

The link shows a photo of the guts.



Toshiba SD-9200?Heard of the vibration problems it has and was wondering if anyone has fixed it without the kit being available? 

the Toshiba claim to fame was in its DVD-Audio playback.
So it's cd audio is not up to par?
Not sure- john 421.
I have never read where an owner bought it for its CD playback.
Read on this site and others it has good CD play and is nice transport as well.