Peachtree , Decco for $800 list is very good. There are better but.......for more. What is your budget, speakers and preferances - sound wise ???
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Speakers are Joseph 25 RMsi, the CD player is a Primare CD21 with dead RCA's. I'm using an Arcam Alpha 10 which has given me nothing but solid clean clear power for years. I hate to see it go. Maybe I should let the Primare go instead? I would go $1000-1500 for an integrated same for a disc player. I like a very clean un-colored sound.
Thanks for your suggestions. I'll check them out immediately.
There is a Primare CD21 listed on Agon now. That could solve your problem if you are happy with the Arcam.
As to the original question though, I'm a bit confused. You say you want to stay with your cdp's dac, well using the digital input on an integrated won't accomplish this. You'll be using the integrated amp's dac. You don't say what Theta model you are using. It may be better than what you'll find in an integrated for $1500.
The Theta is a DS Pro Prime II. I'm also not thrilled with how the Primare has issues reading not perfectly round discs. Lots of noise in the tray. You can see the not round discs when put on a Bedini. Maybe I should pair the Theta with a dedicated transport? I'm getting more confused by the minute!?!? And if all this wasn't enough I really want to get into SACD especially to hear the new Dead Can Dance reissues.
I guess I missed something... How does using the digital out of your CD player "get back to the original DAC's in the player"? You'll by-pass the DACs in the player when you use the digital output. Rather than look for an integrated with digital inputs (and possibly inferior with the exception of the Bryston B100 SST), why not just add a decent external DAC? Benchmark DAC1 comes to mind.