I’m starting to look into transports and thought this information about drive history on the Primare site would be of interest. Being curious about CD drives and their potential reliability it came up in searching the TEAC 5020 drive (DD35).
I recently tried a CA CXC V2 and it worked for about a week then started skipping and being none responsive when being fed new discs (and various others). It sounded really nice so I’ve got the bug to move to a transport – I’m just not sure I want to try another CA and don’t like slot loading (Audiolab).
Moon just raised their prices – so I’m considering either Jays Audio, Primare DD35, or CEC TL5. Crutchfield carries Primare so a 60-day return policy is an option I wouldn’t have with others.
I haven't given up on CD yet - I enjoy the physical media part. Most of the time I switch between vinyl and streaming via Qobuz.
Are there other transports in the sub $2.5k range?