Very nice review. I'd like to hear a side by side with the DCS stack. In any case it's a hypothetical consideration for me at best. I've neither the time nor the money at this point in my life. Even so, it's nice to get a glimpse from someone like you who's honest, smart, informative and concise. Thank you. I'll store this one in my memory bank for later.
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You may or may not have already heard of this and/or already done it or decided not to, but in just in case, here's a recent and potentially interesting discussion about an available upgrade for the MPS-5 unit.
Thanks mdhoover. My player was delivered to the dealer in October this year, so presumably it is a July or August build. I do not know if it has the upgrade, but I will ask.
I know some people who have the DCS stack. I did not bother asking because there is no way I could afford a DCS, so it was never under consideration. But I am inveterately curious, so I might ask if I could bring my player over.
You'd be welcome to come and listen but I don't have the DCS stack and it's not a consideration financially for me either. I'm quite pleased with the DAC that I DO own, which is a Dodson 217 Mark II with 218-like upgrades and cryo treatment. It was originally about a 5,000 dollar unit and I snagged it for ~ 1700, here on Audiogon. Compared to my CD player's D/A output, it makes a rather nice difference, to say the least. But overall my front end (player plus DAC combo) is simply not in the league of the DCS stack or the MPS-5, etc. This is especially true for the player, which is an Onkyo Integra DPC 8.5 (which isn't a bad player, but certainly isn't a world-beater either).
Manjy although my MPS-5 can be used as an outboard DAC, I have no intention of doing so. I have a rather large SACD collection, and the whole reason for buying an SACD player was to maximize my investment. Do report back on how the MPD-5 fares as a DAC.
Mdhoover thanks for your invite but it might be a bit of a journey to fly from Australia to the USA :)
On another note ... I have found that my MPS-5 was supplied with the upgraded power supply.
Got my MPD-5 2 weeks ago. Have got about 200 hours on it (playing 247). I use a PC running foobar with my CD's ripped onto it.
While the Cary SACD 306 was a wonderful CD player / DAC (I preferred it to the Meridian 808), the MPD-5 expectedly betters it in almost every way.
It is a great DAC that paints a wonderful 3D image with superb bass control and top end resolution. I really like it and am glad I bought it.
I had the opportunity to listen to OP's MPS-5 yesterday and was very impressed. The PBD doesn't miss any of the detail as Amfibius pointed out. But what strikes you is the sound which is quite analogue & unfatiguing; even on complex orchestral pieces. A test of this is whether big crescendos or sopranos become fatiguing. They did not. The PBD is exceptional in this regard which helps make it an easy player to listen to. I also agree the large display is easy to read & ideal for a large size room. Using my dodgy audio memory as Amfibius related, I prefer the sound of my upgraded Ayon CD-5s on RB, though of course the Ayon is not an SACD player. So comparing the two players would be pointless..and I wouldn't want to go there. They are both great players for what they do.