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The problem with the plan you propose is that the vast majority of SACD players will not pass DSD and instead only output PCM thus losing all the benefit of the SACD. DCS transports will pass DSD but only in proprietary formats that need a DCS DAC to decode. Probably the same with Esoteric. Buying a quality used SACD may be the way to go. Use it to play SACDs and then take the digital output to a newer DAC of your choice to get the best from red book. Now is the time to buy the best SACD transport you can given TEAC are no longer selling the mechanisms OEM.
bdp24 - I am using an Arcam CD17, was just under a grand new a few years ago. Nothing special, competitive for the cost.
Stereo5/bdp24 - Thanks for the thoughts on a used Esoteric. I think the UX-1 that is for sale is from Europe, which I have concerns about buying from overseas. I am not familiar with the rest of the Esoteric line.
Folkfreak- with your Teac comment, sounds like the long term future of SACDs in in question.
local dealer was talking about an ayre c5xe that he got on trade. should be able to listen to it in the next week. same dealer carries arcam, so should be able to listen to the jfm23 at the same time. no one stocks esoteric in my area, so not sure how i will get a chance to listen to sny of their products
The Marantz SA8005 looks pretty nice, but does not have balanced/XLR output. If you want or need that, ModWright also mods the Sony XA-5400ES, which does. The Sony is out-of-production, but available second-hand for around a grand. ModWright charges $1995, so for your $3000 you'll have a real nice CD/SACD player.
@tpreaves +1! I am listening to Rachmaninoff's Symphony #2 right now on SACD. Just lovely. Listened to of all things Yello's Toy CD this afternoon and the joint was jumping'.
@meiatflask I've had my Marantz SA 8005 Modwright Signature Truth playing continuously for the 8 days it has been here. Best digital I've ever heard. A great barometer to me about how something is sounding is if I find myself staying to listen longer than intended and making excuses not to leave the listening room. A second indicator of great, clean sound is my inclination to keep turning up the volume. Before this machine, I was more likely to reduce volume while listening to silver discs.
Everything about the Modwright experience from initial contact to receipt of the modified player and outboard power supply is as professional as it gets. The 9.0 power supply is built like a tank! Circuit layout and workmanship is exemplary. Even the way everything is packed is well thought out and executed.
I don't know here you're located, but if you were within a reasonable distance you would be more than welcome to hear it for yourself.
One important point I forgot to mention. Read and re-read threads on A’gon in which Modwright was discussed. Everything is positive and consistent! Many of the same adjectives are used to characterize the "sound" of the Modwright Signature Truth mods. Many threads discussed earlier experiences with having Oppo players modified. You are relatively new to posting here but I think you’ll find the folks here are really into the audiophile scene and genuinely want to help others to improve their systems by sharing their experiences. I put my faith in that and was richly rewarded.
Wait until the OPPO UDP205 comes out.
The problem with used CD/SACD player is the transport subsystem has a limited life. Do you want that? Therefore consider buying a new one.
With my 105, the OPPO will play SACDs in native mode. You can convert to PCM if you wish - it gives you the option.
OPPO is the Swiss army knife of disks and DACs. I connect a USB device to the OPPO with high rez DSD downloads.
I am a dealer, don't sell them but tell my clients to get them. The only devices better sonically is the top of the line Ayre and Accuphase. Way above your budget.
I would highly recommend the Ayre C-5xeMP multi disc player. Read the reviews. You can find them here occasionally at your price point.
I agree with suebart1's recommendation. The Sony S9000ES is a very good performer that can now be found for under $300. It outputs the DSD signal without first converting it to PCM.
I recently upgrade from my trusty S9000ES to an Esoteric DV050S.
For listening to CDs, I had bypassed the Sony's DAC and ran the digital out into a Teac UD-501. I was surprised how close it came to the DV-50S, given the price differential. SACD, on the other hand, wasn't even close.
@nordicnorm are you sure it outputs DSD? According to the manual the alternative digital output is 96khz/24bit vs 48khz/pcm (i.e. Red book). So two levels of PCM output but no DSD. As previously noted outside computer formats for downloaded files output of native DSD from SACDs is limited to manufacturer proprietary formats
still looks like a good player however at the price
I sold my Krell Cipher after hearing my BlueSound Vault 2 in my system playing my ripped CD's! Even my Dual layer SACD's when ripped sounded as good or better played back through my system. I use an MIT Magnum Coax into my Krell amp. Something pretty amazing going on...sounds so much closer to a "mic feed" than through a conventional spinner.