In that price range, I picked the Sony HAP-Z1ES high resolution player/DAC. Loaded all my CDs onto its hard drive. No looking back to digital physical media. Sony iPad/iPhone app for album/song selection. Really liking this and highly recommended.
@rsfphil Very observant. I'm well aware of what the Sony does. Maybe keep an open mind on this subject? That was the reason for my suggestion to the original poster. The Sony will play everything on a CD, except one does not need to handle the CD after loading it the first time. Like it or not, CDs---and old-fashioned CD players---are going away fast.
I know the OP asked for only a CDP but just as another option, I think a separate CD/SACD transport and a DAC can provide an additional degree of flexibility worth considering. And it should be relatively easy to stay within the $1500 budget and get two great sounding components.
when a manufacturer, like Cambridge with the 851C, , lowers the list price significantly on a 5 year old player, I figure a new one is soon to come...and I do think digital has had innovations over the past 5 years
Couple years ago at my Audio Club a major cable company was making a compare and contest blind test system save speakers of course , behind folding panels . Lots of positive comments from forty or so Audiophiles present . In Q and A after one guy asked what kind of CD player was that ? Rep blushed and said he forgot his and it was a 25 year old Sony he bought at Goodwill across the street for 5 bucks .
If new, then feel free to buy
8005 or some Oppo, etc. But if you add a bit, then for approx. 2K you can buy Marantz SA-1 (if you can find one) or for a bit more SA7S1 (also you must wait to find). These are a true S.O.T.A. players that most of the today's (price no object) best are hard-pushed to come close. I`m not saying they are the absolute best available, because I have not tested all, but I have tested a lot...
Here as in some other forums is a lot of dealers hype of their "latest and greatest" equipment that is ..........
I was only asking about newer because I'm familiar with players in this price range up until a year or two ago, and was simply asking if there was anything new to check out - it certainly seems there is not...I'm very happy with my Simaudio 260D (not Neo)
I don't know if anyone already mentioned the Marantz SA-14S1 but I heard a few SACDs played through it at a friend's house this past weekend and they sounded significantly better than his recently demised California Audio Lab HDCD player - not sure which model. It looks impressive too. I think he paid close to $2500 delivered.
Not new to the market but, Rega Apollo-R, $1,000 new. 8742 Wolfson DAC, digital out. Basic, but nice sounding player. Listened through Primaluna tubes and Totem Acoustics Hawk. I liked it better than the NAD played through the same system.
I don`t know your taste, but if you like "non digital sound" that is neutral, deep 3D soundstage and easy to listen, I suggest to opt on discrete R2R based DAC + plus some decent spinner or a decent digital transport.
I ordered Denafrips Ares from Vinshine Audio for use with my smart TV and I A/B compared it to my all time reference players. There is something in the discrete R2R. Overall in tonality reminds me a Accuphase DP-67, but with deeper soundstage. The DAC part is clearly better than newer DP-500 or 510, That are inferior to older DP-67. I have not heard, but Metrum Dac`s may be also a worth to consider.
To me, the Hegel Mohican got an average review at best with its own internal DAC. A lot of money for a CD player with that kind of review. I guess the proof is in the listening for the prospective buyer. IMO