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Sorry that I can't answer your question comparing the two pieces but I just bought the ECD 1 to use with my CDP. The dac is absolutly remarkable. I think it is the single biggest improvement I've made in my system. I would say that if you have a good CDP now use it as a transport and go for the dac and a good digital cable. I would like to compare the Elec.CDP to the ECD 1 also but I can't imagine the difference could be worth the price difference. I would also love to compare my new digital front end to SACD playing red book. The dac is really, really good and I encourage you to listen to it.
Loki1957, I have a Sony 777ES SacD I use as a transport(which is great as a transport) I'm using a modified Art Dio as a dac. The Art Dio/Sony combination sounded much better than the Sony playing regular cds or Sacds. I bought the ECT dac(i will get it next week). I want to see if the ECT dac sounds better than the Art Dio. Then i will see if the winner dac sounds better than the Sony playing SACDs(like before). The Sony is a great transport but not a very good CD player.Last, but not least i'm curious how much I'm missing by using the Sony as a Transport with the ECT dac vs. The ECT CD Player!!!!!