The Wadia 22 (I think that's the number) used the stable platter. I've never heard one though.
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The EAD U2000 can be used for transport only via coaxial digital output, but it's actually a one box player including the Pacific Microsonics HDCD decoder. This is such a great machine; stands on it's own merits & I have no desire to even try anything else. Certainly it can be bettered but at what price & would it be worth the extra $? You'd probably have to spend a lot more; to get to the next level might even require going up to SACD with it's $25 a pop software. With "meager" redbook-priced HDCD discs you're in for an unbelievable treat. If you haven't auditioned the U2000 you simply must try one for yourself. My setup includes Synergistic's better cabling & Accuphase pre & PA. No doubt the EAD would be really sweet with your Hales; I'd love to hear it too.
I used to have an EAD T-1000 transport, and it was quite
decent, especially at the price. However last year I sold
it and upgraded to a Levinson #37 transport. There is no
comparison. Bass is much deeper and tighter, highs have
less edge and steeliness, imaging is more expansive with
greater depth. You can occasionally find a 37 for around
$2000-2200. The new Levinson 390 transport/DAC combo is
supposed to be superb, but lots more money.
Hi Michael. I've owned a Theta Pearl for about 8 months, and yes it does use the Stable Platter. I work with computers with CD ROM drives all day, so when I get home sometimes I hesitate a bit because I have to remember to put the CD into the Theta label side down. The Pearl is the only transport I've ever owned so I'm no help as far as sonic comparisons go. If you have any questions about their transports, Ed Deitemeier with Theta Digital is very helpful. You should be able to wrangle one for $600 or less used if you decide to go that way. Also, I've read a lot of good things about the EAD transports, so if you buy one let us know how it works out. Good luck.