What is it that makes one CD transport better than another?
Hi Paul, It was nice to have met you in person October 2018, and thank you for the opportunity to listen to your reference system prior to the move to its new home. My CD player is a 1990’s Pioneer Elite PD-75 with solid platter the plays cd’s inverterted. I’m fed into a chord Qutest DAC. With the digital output and very happy with the results. All the HiFi gurus suggest I keep it as it has an excellent transport. My question is: is this still true compared to current models available today?
I am certain it is an excellent transport. I remember those, they were beautifully built. Certainly you would not be suffering if you kept it, though a modern PS transport will outdo it sonically.
Any number of things but mostly the way the data is handled and output. The drive itself doesn't matter much but having a fixed clock at the output like in our Digital Lens is key.
My only issue with DVD players is their slower load and start play times due to their slower TOC reading. I have 3 Sony DVP-NS 755's and one Yamaha S-1800 because they are good SACD players and most companies are ignoring SACD playback unless you want to spend big bucks on a player, and I can't. Even the Denon player is over $1500 and the only Marantz is big, big money. The SA 8005 is gone and so is Oppo.
For most SACD playback is going to be DSD streaming with a USB DAC and there are many affordable ones, luckily. I do love my SACD discs so I hope my players outlive me, but at my being 71 they should.
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