Try a Marantz SA-7S1 in you get the chance, or if SACD is really not an issue (which I find hard to believe), look for a used AMR CD-77 (hard to find).
Second AMR CD-77
Isabellina (Red Wine Audio)non-upsampling, non-oversampling DAC (it also features USB "in" which is excelent with Macbook as the source that rivals megabucks transports and CDPs. Read the latest review about Isabella pre/dac by Ebean Srajan in 6moons. Bluemoon award for "Analogue density and superb usb dac performance" ) at $2500 new with generouse return policy.
I own the Isabella preamp with Isabellina DAC build in and love it. If you can NOT afford AMR-CD 77, you have to try this DAC. No need for expensive transport either. I tried it with my Droplet CDP as transport as well as few cheap CDPs (Sony, Pioneer) and my old iMac computer.
No, I haven't heard the CD5.
I have owned the CD3MkII for 2 years though, and loved it. I think it is one of the best CD players in that price range. Still is.
I listen to the same type of music as you do. Classical music was reproduced in full glory by CD3MkII. With the ARC players you need to run them balanced to get maximum performance.
Based on how good the CD3MkII was, I think we can make a safe assumption that the CD5 is a safe bet.
Bobheinatz, I am the new owner of a preowned Cary SACD 306. It is a wonderful player, paired with an Audio Horizons pre amp, Halcro power amp and Newform Research speakers. I go through the componant inventory because a cdp exists in a "community" of devices. When I tell you that the Cary produces luscious music that literally pulls me into it and demands that I listen, what I am saying is that all of the componants are working in concert, if you will, to create that attraction. So I can tell you that the Cary is a perfect match for its electronic siblings, my ear and musical sensibilities. Sorry to be a bit esoteric or pedantic. But I am sure that some have bought componants that were heralded as the second coming only to be disappointed in the way they failed to fit into their particular system or expectations. In general, then, the Cary has a fine reputation, as do the others mentioned above. It went for $6k or so new and can be had for less than half that used. It has the SACD capability. Determining whether it will work for you, in your system, is the the joy of this journey. I wish you well. David
Both definitions, one and two below, would seem to make the disputed application of "musical" acceptable.
#1 suggests it need not produce music. Being of or pertaining to is sufficient.
#2 However successfully it accomplishes the task, what comes out of my speakers resembles music to me.
Is anyone still confused?
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mu·si·cal /ˈmyuzɪkəl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[myoo-zi-kuhl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or producing music: a musical instrument.
2. of the nature of or resembling music; melodious; harmonious.
3. fond of or skilled in music.