The Musical Fidelity A324 is a good match for the PD65. I used one with the PD65 I used to have. The A324 is easily found on the used market.
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I have a Pioneer PDR -05 which has the stable platter transport
mechanism. It is greatly improved when teamed with my Chord DAC 64
and also with my Krell 30i CD player which also has digital inputs so its
dac can be used. The PD 65 is a great transport at its price point and will
greatly be enhanced with a quality outboard DAC.
The PD65 is a decent player, and the stable platter mechanism is pretty good, but it's old. Technology has passed it by, and if it breaks it's probably not worth repairing. It's certainly not worth modifying.
There are some VERY GOOD CD players in the $2000-3000 range that would beat a PD65/DAC combo pretty handily, IMO. Arcam, Ayre, Classe, a bunch more.
The outboard DAC will get you the best CD sound. The ECD-1 is very good stock. I recommend it for anyone that is not planning to modify their gear. It does not have good HF extension though. Rather warm sounding.
As for the Transport, the PD-65 needs help. A Superclock2 at a minimum. It also has very cheap output pulse transformer and is not well matched to 75 ohms. Mods are recommended. In stock form, you should be using a 2m S/PDIF cable. I would replace the transport with a modded Sony DVP-S7700.
Zippyy - The 7000 is built well and makes a decent transport, although not as good as the 7700. I offer a digital mod for the 7000 that is not too expensive to make it a better transport. With the mod, you can safely use a 1m cable.
As for DAC's, I have not found a better sounding DAC than the Turbomodded Perpetual Technologies P-3A. It is around $2100 for a used DAC plus all of the mods. Other DAC's, even with mods, just dont match the dynamics and liveness of the P-3A. It truly sounds like live music, but without the HF harshness of typical stock DAC's. Also, it is one of the few that actually achieves 3-dimensionality. Many have P-3A's with others mods in them, but this is a different animal. It is on the same level as the Meitner DAC for CD playback.