Theta Data III or Levinson 37
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The Sony DVP-S7700 (with mods) is really a magical Transport. I have compared it to dozens of other CDP's and transports. It is just better, more natural and live sounding. I believe the digital signal processing and dual-laser is the reason. It's jitter is not particularly low, but better than most that use can oscillators.
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I use a ML 37 transport and 36s DAC.
Had Proceed CDD and DAP.In a nut shell:ML 37 much better than CDD. 36s not that much better than DAP.The transport is going to give the detail the DAC the character of the sound.Proceed indeed very good value used.Look for a ML 31 or 31.5 Transport and that may be the last money you ever spend on a CD player.My rule -Spend the most on the transport . 31 or 31.5 with Aud Aero DAC should be fantastic!