Meridian G08 or Marantz SA11-S1
Which one would you buy if you are looking for a cd player ?
1. Marantz SA-11S1 for 2.900 € (here in Greece)
2. Meridian G08 for 3.500 €
I have also looked for players like Ayre CX-7 and Resolution Audio Opus 21 but either they lack some features I certainly need or (and) their prices are very high here in Greece (about 4.500 €).
I've read "all" the reviews and also "everything" that have been written (web, local magazines etc) about them !!! Two (greek) magazines gave, each one, very favourable reviews ! My main insterest is redbook performance but playing SACD discs is a futureproof capability (or not ?!?!)
I'll listen to the unit I'll finally buy through the XLR outputs. My system consists of : Electrocompaniet EC-4,7 - Aragon 8008BB - Audio Spectrum Aeolos (speakers made by a Greek company with SEAS Excel drivers) and cabling from XLO (Signature series).
I'm wondering if someone had the chance to listen to both units and how do they compare to each other ? Which one would you buy if you couldn't have the chance to listen to any of them at your home (that's impossible here) ? How do they compare with other units (Ayre CX-7, Opus 21, Audio Aero Capitole 2, Krell SACD, Electro EMC1UP, Sony 9000ES or ,without being blasphemous, Teac DV-50).
Any comment will be very helpful !
Thanks, in advance.