it's ok, but way way overpriced.
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I just bought a used one and my general impression is that the Thunder 3.1B charms more than impresses. It has a fluid and musical sound that few CD players can match and provides loads of details in a natural and relaxed way. I have had an Arcam CD-23T (which I preferred over the Rega Jupiter, the YBA Integre and the Audio Aero Prima 192) and a MF A308cr and the Thunder beats them both. Even though it does not sound like an analytical player (like my previous players did), I have heard lots of new information and the lyrics are more intelligible. The previous owner preferred it to his Classe CDP-10 and moved up to a Shanling T-300 with pinched waist NOS tubes. So it seems you would have to spend the big bucks to really improve on the sound with something like a Wadia 861se or Audio Aero Capitole As for the question of value, if you judge the Thunder by whats inside, you are getting a lot for your money. If you judge it by its sound, it is competitive, but make sure you listen carefully as it does sound different
I've been listening to one for 2 years after I traded my Classe CDP10 for it and although I think it sounds sweet I wonder sometimes if I should have kept the classe. 2nd guessing myself I suppose. The classe 10 was nice but I find the talk has a smoothness about it that is extremely pleasant.
Yes i know but it does sound quite good but I haven't heard most players out there. It beat the classe CDP 10 piece as I had both in my living room at the same time and chose the Talk for it's anologue like smoothness. It has a kind of "creamy " sound and I mean that in a good way.I would lose money to sell it but it is becomindg more well known. I got mine for $3500 CND and now
I might get $2000 US give or take.