yup,i agree it is the coolest looking player ever i just wish i had liked the way it sounded,i wasnt real impressed with the sound & sold it fast.
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I have a parts connection level 1 plus modded shandling cdt100 which sounds great to me, I bought this player with level 1 mods and sent it back for the plus mods, never heard it in stock form. I am intrieged with some of the new high end players but the look and sound of this player keeps me from straying.
I was wondering about the mods too. Does it really transform the Shanling to a new level? Aren't the Music Hall players(and the Onix's) also manufactured by Shanling? The Music Hall players are selling like hot cakes on Audiogon. Perhaps it's because of the price of the Music Hall but I can't imagine the Shanling sounds worse than any of the Music Halls. Any thoughts?
I have a CDT-200 with level one mods and I think it is easily the best CD player that I have ever owned. The sound is fluid and easy to listen to. The level one replaces the 2 tubes for the CD out side and use Burr Browns on the digital side. I highly recommend the Shanling. They do seem to come and go on audiogon though.
So far, 2+ 1- on the Shanling but both +'s have level 1 or better mods. Will the Music Halls with mods sound better than the Shanling with equivalent mods? I would imagine the Shanling will sound better as it's a tube CDP and it costs twice as much.
I am sort of considering getting the Shanling as well. One of the reason is my naive girlfriend, who can't tell the difference between a tonearm and a forearm, fell in love with the appearance of it.
Bigjoe, if you revisit this thread, may I ask what you didn't like about the T100 and what did you replace it with?
Dlstephenson, do you know if there are any major difference between the 100 and the 200 other than HDCD vs SACD?
hi Kilsho,the tonal balance seemed off to me & the player came off sounding way too bright,i thought it really lacked the tube smoothness,it was replaced with a dynaco cdv-pro.
in all fairness to the player i didnt try different tubes but when i compared it with the dynaco the dyna was a much smoother & better balanced sounding player.
I have used the CDT 100 for nearly 3 years now and don't see myself changing in the near future. The big test for me is Classical. I rarely played any classical CDs, because of harshness and glare until the Shanling. Now I enjoy them almost as much as Lps. It is a smooth, but detailed player, with a good wide, but not deep soundstage. I had it modded here in the UK, not by Parts Connection, but similar idea, new capacitors, reclocking etc and it clearly improved it still more. However, adding a Marigo Stealth disc stabiliser made an equal improvement, for a lot less money.
In fact I prefer it through the SS not tube output and without upsampling.
I am sure there are better players, but I don't think you can go far wrong with the Shanling, good value for money and good build quality for the price. I have'nt heard the CDT 200, but a review in HiFi News in the UK a couple of years ago, thought it was better on CD than the 100, no experience myself.
Doug, I hear what you are saying. I actually visited a local Rega dealer and they sold even have a demo Apollo. The Apollo is such a hot item these days, it has a backlog of 3 weeks minimum! And... have you ever tried explain something technical to a woman? :-)
Has anyone had a chance to audition the Apollo? And what's the difference between the Jupiter and the Apollo?
David12, it's kind of interesting that you prefer to listen to your classicals through the SS out instead of the tube out. Wouldn't the tubes give you a warmer and better tonal balance when playing classicals? I am curious because one reason I consider the Shanling(other than the pretty face) is it's a tube player.
Kilsho, you are right, the tube stage is a little warmer in tone, but lacking slightly in detail. I find the player on the warm side of neutral anyway and the SS output is sufficiently without digital grain and glare, to make Classical enjoyable. You do seem to need to hear the detail in classical, which is often musically more complex than rock.
I have noticed other users saying they prefer the SS output, but having tubes gives you 2 different sounds to switch between