I used the Sim Audio Eclipse with my Purcell- excellent
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Another way of looking at this: transport manufacturer viewpoint. There are few major manufacturers; most transports are either Sony, Philips, CEC, or Teac. Choose the "sound" you prefer.
Not a specialist, nyself, I *seem* to find Sony bouncy and staccato, Philips expansive & musical perhaps less dynamic... However, as Fch notes, you need a good pick-up, but the purcell should take it on from there.
So far I prefer the Levinson #31 transport with the Delius/Purcell combo. I previously owned the Electrocompaniet,Metronome,and Audiomecca units. With the #31 I notice subtle improvments. I would like to give the Forsell Ref a try. I have heard that unit with the Elgar/Purcell combo. Very impressive from the few times I have heard it.
I also got the Purcell/Delius combo. except I went ahead and upgraded both unites to IEEE 1394. I figured that I would need to get two good digital cables and that would be almost as the cost of the upgrade so I went ahead and did it. Now I don't regret doing so. I found that up sampling to DSD is much better than 24/192. For comparison I used two Straight Wire Maestro (my back up cables) as I was upgrading my Syn. Resh Resolution Reference to the X-series. I will try these once I get my amps fixed. Even with the x-series I still think that the upsampling to DSD (2.8MHz) would be better. Better yet I ordered a Verdi and can't wait to listen to SACD.