Used players better than $1.2K 13 yr old player?


Folks,

I have a G&D Transforms CD player I bought in '98 for $1,200. It's prototype that never went into production, so probably no one here has heard it or of it. (You may have heard of G&D Transform transports. They were mentioned in show reports at the time). I am hoping some people will have an opinion on how much more one gets for one's bucks from players, say 3-5 yrs old. I am wondering/hoping, one can get significantly better sound from a player (just a CD player) for under $500.

Thanks!

Barry
bagrant
Easy - Oppo BDP-95 - best value out there

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I guess that I’m the only person in the world who was NOT impressed by the Oppo BDP-95. To my ears it was cold, clinical, and lifeless. Just BLAH for lack of a better term. I sent mine back for a refund.

My primary CD player at the moment is a Cary 303/300 with a pair of RCA “clear top” 12AU7s installed. I find it very natural and involving. I love listening to it. Very nice!

In my secondary system I have a Shanling SCD-T2000. It is also a very nice CD player. It has the advantage of being able to play SACDs as well.

I guess perhaps that I’m just a sucker for CD players with tubed output sections. Either way I can strongly recommend either the Cary or Shanling. Great CD players.
10-01-11: Jhoak
I guess that I’m the only person in the world who was NOT impressed by the Oppo BDP-95. To my ears it was cold, clinical, and lifeless. Just BLAH for lack of a better term. I sent mine back for a refund.

My primary CD player at the moment is a Cary 303/300 with a pair of RCA “clear top” 12AU7s installed. I find it very natural and involving. I love listening to it. Very nice!

In my secondary system I have a Shanling SCD-T2000. It is also a very nice CD player. It has the advantage of being able to play SACDs as well.

I guess perhaps that I’m just a sucker for CD players with tubed output sections. Either way I can strongly recommend either the Cary or Shanling. Great CD players.
Jhoak (Answers | This Thread)

Nope, their are two of us. I found the oppo the same sounding as you described. Maybe a poor match in my system , I really don't know for sure but it dissapointed me but I know a few who love em.

Cheers
Might have been inadequate burnin time, Its 500 to 700 hours to settle!
"10-02-11: Jdub39
Might have been inadequate burnin time, Its 500 to 700 hours to settle!"

Agree, it does take a substantial amount of time to breakend. The Oppo is a serious bargin that bested my 5X the price five year old universal player.
I have a G&D Transforms Reference One that is pretty good!
Nope, their are two of us. I found the oppo the same sounding as you described. Maybe a poor match in my system , I really don't know for sure but it dissapointed me but I know a few who love em.

Nope, there are 3 of us!!
Regarding supposed oppo break-in: sorry but 500 to 700 hours is too long a time for such limited time we have. Ridiculous. Pass!
I doubt if you'll find one of these used for $500 or less, but, if you can, I'd highly recommend the modified Denons - modified by companies such as APL, Exemplar, Modwright, etc. I owned both G&D transports and the player. The modified Denons (and now the modified Oppos) are far superior. Good luck...