Looks great on paper. Other than the SACD / CD/ MQA CD disks spinning, what’s intriguing for me is its DAC, with a brand new chip I have never heard before. If it is really as good as some initial owners report, this would be a SOTA all-in device for both disk spinning and USB DAC streaming.
grannyring5,268 posts08-17-2020 12:23pmSerious question. Are Aphiles still buying $15,000 CD players or CD players in general? I am thinking the market is all but dried up. Must be a very tiny % of audiophiles today. Perhaps I am wrong?
I agree in that majority of people stream nowadays instead of spinning disks.
However, a good CD player has a good DAC. And often times, like this one, that DAC can be "accessed" via a USB port (or other digital inputs) to hook up a streamer to. In which case, in theory, someone can use the same "CD player" as a DAC, thus having a single machine that spin discs as well as acts as your regular DAC. Nothing wrong with this if you ask me.
i saw/heard the Steve G review and he was very gushing. (I'm not into streaming yet, fyi.) I looked seriously at getting a D-10X, but couldn't really justify the $17,000 entry fee for just a very capable CD player. If it were to include streaming at that price I would have made the leap to penury. But I couldn't justify adding another couple to several grand for an additional streamer, not to mention the space requirements in a limited rack.
Serious question. Are Aphiles still buying $15,000 CD players or CD players in general?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ We all know the truth now, the cd format players/sales are a <<thing of the past>>> The DAC thingy/streamer deal has steered consumers away from the higher end cd players. Of course we know Jadis still has super high end cdp/DAC's at $$$$$. PL makes a nice tube player/DAC. Not sure what sales numbers are like for ither lab's units. Shanling now offers a 3.2 player./Cayin offers a new Mark2. I am near making a shootout twix my Cayin cd17 Mark1 /upgraded vs the Shanling cd3000 upgraded. maybe next month. I am very happy with the Cayin upgraded and look forward to hearing how the Shanling performs with its Mundorf/Sparkos-labs ops.. This will give me 2 <<world class>> cd players. I think Luxman needs to reconsider the price offering. With the economy as it is, folks are on a budget.