I still love the Accuphase DP 75V upsampling unit. Very liquid sounding, great reliability, flexibility, and build quality!
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I've been very happy with both my Naim CD5 and the Muse players I've owned. The Naim is playing through my Cary SLP50/Quicksilver 300B SET combo and sounds quite wonderful there. I have an older Muse Model 5 / Model 2+ running my push/pull system at home and have always loved that combo. The Model 9 I had also was very satisfying in all respects and added DVD playback. Any of these players would be a great buy IMO at today's used prices. Muse has a reasonable upgrade program should you wish to step up in the future.
The Audio Aero CAP MKII or the Prima. Or a good tube DAC like the Cal, Kora, VAC, Audio Logic etc.
The Rresolution Opus is not an anolog sounding CDP, but is a great CDP especially for the price. Excellent dynamics. It has to be used with a good power cord like the Shunyata Black Mamba to smooth it out some, it was not harsh or hard sounding but the Mamba made the CDP very smooth and relaxed sounding. It was clearly better that the Accuphase DP-77 SACD/CD player I auditioned with it, the 77 sounded boring and not as dynamic too relaxed and laid back sounding. The Wadia 861 basic bettered both of them but it is more $$$$.
Fatcataudio, you are the first person that I have EVER heard referring to the Accuphase DP 75V as, "...clinical, sterile sounding player[s]". Perhaps you have a problem somewhere else in your audio chain! Actually, I apologize for being somewhat snide, but front end equipment will voice differently when using S.S. amplification vs. tube amplification.
I guess another way of saying it was the way Bigkidz said it, the Accupahse gear sounds boring, not dynamic or musical at all, which is why I called it clinical.
The rest of my systems are fine, I just don't care for the Accuphase sound, or price. Again, just my opinions-take em or leave em.
Well nobody has mentioned it yet, so I'll put in a word of encouragement for the Metronome CD2V. In my older system that included Cary amp & pre, it beat a Cary CDP- 306/200 at a fraction of the price. They were close, but the CD2V has a more immediate perspect, more detail in the highs, all at the cost of slightly less deep bass performance. I sold the Cary and pocketed $1400 on the trade...You typically see the CD2V for sale here used around $1700-1800.
Presently using a CEC Transport, Levinson Dac, and Purcell upsampler. Very smooth, but different from vinyl, however; auditioned in my system the MBL 1511D Dac and MBL 1521 transport and will be selling my Verdier Plantine Turntable, so I can buy the MBL Duo. The MBL Duo bested anything digital and most of the analog I've heard.