Marantz SA 8005 or Rega Apollo-R.
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I'm in a similar situation, as my CDP has been dying a very slow death. I, too, am thinking of the Cambridge transport, but have been looking at the oddly named Denafrips Ares DAC, mostly based on a recent review in CNet from Steve Guttenberg, a reviewer whose ears I've come to trust.
If interested, read here:
I'm not quite ready to pull the trigger, but I've been leaning that way.
Best of luck.
@hodu thank you for the link!That review describes exactly the sound I'm looking for.There are just so many dacs to choose from nowadays and we can't really try them all:)The parasound hasn't garnered much attention but from what I've managed to dig up it may share some of the same positive qualities with the Denafrip.I'll let you know in a few days.
I agree with jl35 that there are many modest cost DACs that would mate well with the CXC at modest cost. Also providing greater flexibility than a stand alone CD player. Also as a alternative to buying new, there are always available some older well built DACs that may lack the best (or any) USB implementation which can be had at low cost.
Never heard of Exogal.Yet another to investigate!
So I got the new components up and running and promptly blew the amp fuses because I'm a moron and didn't follow the correct sequence.I have some on order for next week.Anyway, using the MZ2 as an integrated this combo doesn't sound half bad.With the MZ2's mighty one watt of power the sound is silky with plenty of detail and nuance.Very quiet with no buzz or hum.Excellent separation and layering too.The only thing missing is the 3D palpability.When the amp is back in the system hopefully that will be restored.If not, thanks to you guys for pointing out some other options to audition:)
The Benchmark transport is staying for sure,it operates smoothly and quickly.The cheap cable is going back(audioquest forest)GRAINY!Right now a Siltech ic is doing the job.
Well the amp has a new fuse and is up and running again.The Parasound is still sounding good,does everything right except it is still missing that 'organic touch/flavor' that the Vincent CDP presented so nicely.I think if I found a decent digital cable that might tip the scales in that direction.Any suggestions for a good coax cable around $300+/- ?
Given what you’re looking for, a tubed NOS DAC would seem to be a great option. If cost is an issue I don’t think you’ll go wrong with the Mhdt Orchid (see recent 6moons review), but if you have a higher budget the Audio Mirror with upgrades looks very interesting too. Both offer trial periods so you can try before you buy, which is huge. My guess is you’ll notice improvements over your Vincent either way.
On the digital cable front, I’d recommend trying a $40 Apogee Wyde Eye cable (go balanced if you can) before spending several hundred dollars. I’ve used mine for many years, and it was John Atkinson’s (editor of Stereophile) reference for a while. It’s a neutral yet very natural sounding cable that I think will, in combination with either of the above DACs, do very well in delivering the qualities you’re looking for while saving you some $$$. Heck, not much to lose in trying and you can probably return it through Amazon if you don’t like it. Make sure you give some good hours for burn-in as usual, and definitely pay attention to the direction arrows if/when you install the cable (I installed mine backwards once and it was not good). Hope this helps, and best of luck.
Best of luck.
An excellent sounding one box solution is the Sparkler Audio S503 Spiral CD player. I’ve had mine for about 6 months and love how natural it sounds. Sparkler is a company formed by the top engineer for 47 Labs. The great Phillips TDA 1543 NOS 16 bit dac chip is used. A minimalist approach that delivers the heart of the music. Check it out...