Is your main CD player a dedicated CD player or a universal one?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by KevinP, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Scratcha

    Scratcha Well-Known Member

    Greenacres, FL
    Hey Kevin,

    I currently have an old, but pristine Sony DVD player feeding a Schiit Gungnir Multibit through Blue Jeans digital coax.
    I ordered a Simaudio Moon 260DT through Listenup; waiting for it to arrive.
    That Gungnir really makes a difference with the old DVD player! I'm anxious to hear how the 260DT sounds after a little bit of "run-in".
    I'll keep the old Sony DVD player as a secondary in the bedroom system.

    Have a nice one!
  2. caupina

    caupina Forum Resident

    Santiago, Chile
    Sony SCD-X5400ES as dedicated....and a Denon DVD3930CI as semi-universal (doesn't play BR)
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  3. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    I just upgraded to Denon DCD-1600NE from my Marantz CD5003. I upgraded for the SACD capability, along with the ability to play hi-res data CDs and DVDs:

    Supports high-resolution audio sources stored on discs:
    MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF and DSD files that have been recorded onto DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW or CD-R/-RW discs can be played back on this unit.

    Not sure what I'll do with the Marantz. It was one heck of a transport.:agree: The internal DAC was on the softer, warmer side, so I used my outboard DAC 99% of the time. I'll need to use the Denon's internal conversion if I want to listen to SACD, so I hope it isn't some brittle, thin-sounding implementation of a Sabre chip...
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  4. thetman

    thetman Forum Resident

    have oppo 103 for sacd and anything multichannel. Emotiva ERC-3 for two channel setup.
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  5. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    A dedicated CD player does not play SACDs. I had to choose other. :cheers:
  6. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    Both of my systems use universal players so I can play SACDs. It was much easier and cheaper to find universal players than dedicated CD/SACD ones.
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  7. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    LG blu-ray player without SACD or DVD-A capabilities.
  8. Steel Horse

    Steel Horse Forum Resident

    Uppsala, SWEDEN
    Today I use an OPPO 105 for everything but vinyl. Very pleased.
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  9. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue.

    SoCal USA
    Oppo UDP-205 in our main system. For mid-fi fun in my music room this Marantz is still earning its keep. I've found that a bit of mid-fi listening on occasion is good for the soul. :o:)


    M. M.
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  10. Dan Steele

    Dan Steele Forum Resident

    Chicago suburbs
    And nice if you want to make a copy for the car
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  11. conjotter

    conjotter Forum Resident


    Simaudio Moon 3.3

    Awesome spinner.
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  12. Grower of Mushrooms

    Grower of Mushrooms Omnivorous mammalian bipedal entity.

    Vintage B&O CDX. A top loader with classic B&O aesthetic design, and I believe it employs a well-regarded Philips DAC.

    It's currently broken, having suffered breakage of its left hinge. I have a donor unit, which I'll replace it with, when I can get around to it.
  13. Sterling1

    Sterling1 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    I purchased my OPPO UDP-205 specifically for 5.1 SACD pleasure; yet, I use it more for enjoyment of iTunes via the OPPOs usb DAC up sampling to 24/192. Now, even AAC files in my iTunes Library sound spectacular. BTW, I would have considered a dedicated SACD Player but I could not find one which would output 5.1 via analog connection to my analog multi-channel preamp sans HDMI.
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  14. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    What’s the drawback to UDPs vs. dedicated CD/SACD players? Can you set up UDPs without a video screen to see all the options? How do UDPs handle DSD? I always wondered why UDPs were so much less expensive than dedicated CD/SACD players. I feel fortunate to have not spent the farm on my dedicated CD/SACD player (to arrive Thursday).
  15. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    What's the drawback? It takes longer for a disc to load.
    In regards to a video screen, I needed to set up my initial settings with a monitor, but after that it's done and no video monitor needed.
    DSD handling? I don't know.
    Enjoy your player. What did you get?
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  16. Daddy Dom

    Daddy Dom Lodger

    New Zealand
    A Perreaux CD1 for me. Years of long service.
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  17. dsf

    dsf Well-Known Member

    Recent NAD for CD play only
    Sony Blue Ray for Movies
  18. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    Denon DCD -1600NE.

    I almost bought an Oppo UDP about a year ago. I just didn’t know enough to feel comfortable pulling the trigger. Knowing what I know now, I would have done so without hesitation. Such is life. Now, no more Oppo. Lol... You snooze... you lose!
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  19. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I have 2 dedicated...
    For CD-Sony
    For SACD, DVDA -OPPO...
  20. LitHum05

    LitHum05 Disco es Cultura

    Don’t you need to turn on the tv for it to work, though? I remember that was one of the limitations. Staring at a blue screen.
  21. Sterling1

    Sterling1 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    To enjoy SACDs, or CDs, no monitor needed. To listen to music via usb DAC, yes monitor needed, to set input.
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  22. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    Naw. I don’t even have it plugged into the tv. I just use the display on the front of the player
  23. David M.

    David M. Well-Known Member

    Champaign, IL
    Recently grabbed a Denon DVD-2900 to use as a transport for my Schiit Bifrost Uber. Built like a tank! Have an Oppo BDP-93 in home theater that I’m pulling to see how it sounds in 2-ch. Have an old Pioneer Elite CLD-79 I’m curious to “dust off” and try as a transport. Also trying to find a Pioneer Elite PD-59 to feed my Bifrost. Will update my DAC to Multibit once Schiit releases their new USB standard (and run through all the transports again).
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  24. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

  25. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    The Elite LD is my next move, and I can get a DAC later.
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