John and Jose,
Thanks for your thoughts! Im going to go ahead and expose the transport, because I believe that I should. It is the $1,500.00 Stello CDT200 from April Music. Anthony at Aberdeen Components, http://www.aberdeencomponents.com
, in Las Vegas recommended it and offered to give me a 60 day trial period to make sure that I liked it.
I ordered one from him, but he found out that theres a three week wait for them, so he overnighted me his demo. I received it yesterday right after lunch and have had it playing ever since. I assumed that it was well broken in from the way Anthony said it sounded, pretty much the best new thing since sliced bread at or above its price point. I read his feedback and the reviews at http://www.aprilmusic.com
, and believed that I could trust him.
Right out of the box it sounded pretty special and I was really excited. Last night I discovered that it was behaving in the manner I described on the more complex musical pieces. I posted the thread because I was trying to figure out what was going on. I heard what Anthony had talked about, and then I heard those other very unacceptable things.
I reacted much too quickly, because tonight its opened up and its every bit as special as Anthony said it was. The dynamics are so strong that Ive had to turn the volume down to allow for the swells not waking up the neighborhood. I dont think that the layering within the soundstage is quite as deep as it is with the Theta Data Basic II, but thats the only place it doesnt easily kick its rear. Everything is now distinct and crystal clear even in the most complex songs I have. The biggest bonus is the added textures and the more natural sounding voices and instruments.
Thats saying quite a bit, especially if youve read what I have in my system. Two weeks ago I was told by another dealer that at the system level I am at, Id have to jump up to the $4,000.00 - $5,000.00 price point to get a significant transport upgrade since the Theta Data Basic II was $2,000.00. I guess hes never heard the Stello!