Get one. It is solid as they come and sonically as good as anything more expensive. Down side is no HDCD but the transport can be sent to another DAC in a variety of outlets including XLR digital. Looks great , too.
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Hi Daniel, I find the EMC-1 hard to fault. I was comparing the EMC-1 against the Goldmund 39 at twice the price and the Gryphon CD player at around $6500. I preferred the Goldmund's transparency but it has nothing on the EMC-1s musicality or tonality. I am sure there are better players but at what price? Put one in your system and I bet you won't be thinking about updating your digital for sometime.
Hey folks, I thank you all for your input to my delima. I think there are alot of hype and marketing innuendo to find anything credible above and beyond what some of our trade mags tell us (not all). I agree with rosebud, although this is a one great CDP, there are and will be something always better. However, from what I hear, this player is an overall winner but I'll let my auditory apparatus be the judge of that, or even better, I'll let my wife be the judge of that.
I have a EMC-1 and have found that although it is a nice piece of equipment, I beleive YBA matches my Pass Aleph 2's better. Sometimes I find the EMC-1 a bit bright. As crazy as that sounds, it's my opinion. I did however find that removing the feet and putting some Black diamond cones did help imaging quite a bit.
Hi Briweve, that doesn't sound crazy to me. Depending on what the EMC-1 is sitting on (see isolation vs absorbtion thread) and what feet you are using under the EMC-1 can change the sound of this player dramatically. I have been able to make this player sound bright and hard to soft and uninvolving depending on what the player is sitting on and what feet I am using. Experiment and have fun.