Nobody has heard this player? :)
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Wow I thought no one would answer my thread.
You must be pretty lucky as I went to my local dealer and was told that there is a 1-1/2 year wait on the player. I haven't had a chance to hear it yet.
Did you order yours fairly early?
I'm curious how it compares to other high end cd players. I do agree it probably sounds best with an all Spectral system.
When I listen to the Spectral 4000S in an all Spectral System ( 30 SL Ref Preamp & Four 360 Ref Amps & Avalon Oriris system ), as good as it sounds, I still consciously aware that I am listening to HiFi, indeed very very good Hi Fi.
The APL NWO-1 takes it to the next level of just being there ! There is no digital glare at all. It compares very favorably to an excellent Analogue system in the same set up.
However, system matching is also very important as like any thing else. It will only be as good as the weakest chain.
APL NWO-1 is the unit custom made by Alex Peychev at APL hifi.
It starts out life as the Esoteric UX-1 universal player with everything else removed except for the transport . The rest ( master clocks, upsampling, 10 AKM DAC's per channel with 6H30 class A tube outputs.
Interestingly, the Spectral SDR 4000S aslo starts out life with Esoteric Transport( P3) but custom built DAC discrete output stages by Keith Johnson.
Both are incredible sounding machines. I prefer the APL NWO-1 but I do own both units.
Hifirabbit I just purchased a pair of Osiris. They came with MIT EVO 850 wires. What speaker cables are you using on yours? Is Spectral the best choice for these? Have you tried anything else? What about the umbilical cords? can they be removed for upgrade or are we stuck with them? I am a big fan of Stealth cables and would love to have his Dream wires to replace the MIT speaker cables. What are you using for IC's on the Spectral gear? As I recall (10 years ago), when I heard the Osiris at the show in NYC.
It was incredibly fast and detailed with the Spectral gear but not especially musical. How would you describe the sound in your system? I guessed at that time that any lack of liquid flow and musicality was due the to digital front end (also Spectral) that was still in its infancy in 1996.