Spectral SDR 3000 transport has anything you want from CDs.
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Hey Albert- how are you? I have considered the CEC TL1x, but am unsure about the lower registers, as compared to the Teac VRDS clamping system, which I have found to have superb bass characteristics.
Not to say the CEC isn't excellent in this regard, however it merits further study. Also- seems to always be someone trying to sell a CEC TL1 every day on Audiogon, and I always wonder why if it supposedly so good...
Good question, perhaps there are people bringing them into the county to meet the continuing demand and making a few dollars in the process.
Wish I could justify buying an Audio Note and CEC transport so I could describe it's performance first hand. Three audiophiles who I respect very much all own this combo.
Try Dampening the CDT2 Transport.I have gotten amazing results doing it.3m make an alluminum strip with ahesive on one side.go to www.3m.com.It is used in to quiet washing machines,or any household device that needs dampening for the motors.Once this is done you will find that this transport is pretty hard to beat,though the CEC is excellent.Dampen the cover,the inside around the motor,and the lazer.
we also have had great luck with the CDT-Two. I did not sell the unit to Sutts but advised he try a different digital cable as we got VASTLY different sound from the unit utilizing different digital cables.
He was not interested in trying this option and in fact had already decided to sell it since as he put it, his cable was great.
To bad as this transport is first rate. As with any high end equipment synergy with cabling etc. is important.
I second that one Subaruguru. Having no experience with Electrocompaniet gear before, I heard the EMC1 2 weeks ago in a dealer showroom. CD playback was so incredible. I was so impressed I bought the DAC. I now will try different cables between this and my Pioneer PD65....but perhaps not much different. Any ideas?
Lgregoir- I agree that the Eclipse is very good- in fact I used to own it for over a year, and it was my favorite of the non-Teac based transports- good call!! I guess I am hesitant to go down that road again, only because of the fact that their are dacs and additional circuitry in the Eclipse that I would rather not 'pay for' if I would only be using it as a transport. But it does merit consideration, as you are correct- the detail retrieval WAS excellent. In fact- I sold it to go the the Audio Aero Captitole, die to the better tonality I found woth the Cap, especially in the mids. Never did try the Eclipse as a transport only though- hmmm......
The decision is made however- as of a few hours ago, I did the deal on a demo Spectral SDR 3000 transport- will post findings on the Spectral/Audio Note Dac combo following its arrival.
This is not going to be a popular suggestion with some people, but consider picking up a used Sony SCD-1. Its transport section was a revolutionary design and its strongest point, and you get SACD as a "bonus". It's slow in operation, but can stand up sonically to just about any transport in any reasonable price range--and if it's a combination of weight and clarity you want, you should hear it. The weak point of the unit was its CD DAC, and you won't be using that. (No, I don't have one for sale, but I liked the transport section so much, I upgraded to a Classe Omega, which uses the SCD-1 transport.)
Platsolos- the Vecteur D2 is good, but the L4 is better- they are extremely impressive considering the price. In fact, I could pick up an L4 for a good deal right now, but am searching for the higher end, and therefore going to try the Spectral.
Mgottlieb- yes, good suggestion. IN FACT- I will be testing the new Spectral against some stiff competition- a Sony SCD-1 as transport only; and a Sim Audio Eclipse also used as transport only (a buddy of mine has both units, which is why we will be able to do the 3-way transport shootout)- all going into the Audio Note 3.1 Balanced Dac- will post results when testing complete...