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    Default Last piece in my stereo puzzle . SACD Player..What is the good SACD player you heard

    Here is my stereo setup up to now..

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    Though I am happy with my media server and DAC as source, I want take it up to next level...


    I would greatly appreciate if you could share your opinions on a good SACD .... I am not looking for the greatest SACD player out there ....


    With price being the objective what is the good SACD player you have heard best sonic/blissful bang for the buck
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    What price objective are you thinking about?
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.

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    New or used with 3k cut off.

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    What makes you think a SACD player will take your system to the next level? Does your DAC do DSD & Hi-Rez?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    What makes you think a SACD player will take your system to the next level? Does your DAC do DSD & Hi-Rez?
    Nope it doesn't...

    My entire collection is in Flacs
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    Sony SCD-XA5400ES. One sold here used for about $700. New around $1,300.

    Marantz SA-8004 is also very good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumerian View Post
    New or used with 3k cut off.
    I'm not 100% sure of the used prices, but I think you should be able to find one in your price range. Look into Esoteric, Marantz or one of the Cary players.
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    If the SQ of my Marantz CD6004 is any indication, I'd have no issues sinking a grand in a SA8005 or better.
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    Modwright Oppo 105 might need to be on that list as well. As much love as the unit gets unmodded, I've heard that Modwright completely transforms it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schwarcw View Post
    Sony SCD-XA5400ES. One sold here used for about $700. New around $1,300.
    I agree. I sold it. However, at this point I would not buy a new one simply because it does not have a digital input. Of course, if you already have a DAC then that point is moot. Modwright will also hot rod it if you want. With that said, I rarely use my other XA5400ES, and then it is just to evaluate a CD to determine if it is good enough for the music server.

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    I bought a Marantz SA-8001 for $400.00 a few years ago and have never even thought of upgrading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    Modwright Oppo 105 might need to be on that list as well. As much love as the unit gets unmodded, I've heard that Modwright completely transforms it.
    I've read the same thing. I love my unmodded 105!
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    I have the Marantz SA8005 and I really love it, and I also using it as my DAC for my PC and my high-res files using Jriver. Now it is the only SACD player I have ever used or heard so I have nothing to compare it to. oops wrong I have OPPO in my HT set-up which can and does play SACD's also, and I used it on SACD only when I have a hybrid that does 5.1 otherwise I use the Marantz which is part of my separate 2 channel set-up.
    I can not say which is best because they are hooked up in 2 different systems in 2 different settings, so its different equipment and speakers so its hard to compare.

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    If you really want to take it to the next step, go vinyl! Having said that what the others have said above plus the NAD M-55 are good choices. What I like about the M-55 is it's Redbook CD performance is outstanding also. This is not always the case with some SACD players.

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    Something to think about....to see how the Oppo 105(SABRE32 Reference ES9018 DAC) sounds vs. the PS Audio(Wolfson WM8741 DAC)

    Might be able to simplify by moving the PS Audio out of the system and rocking the Oppo as an-all-in one solution?


    Oppo 105 or PS Audio PWD Mk2
    http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr...gtl&1364939266

    Like others here...some suggested the 105 w/ the Modwright mod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WLDock View Post
    Something to think about....to see how the Oppo 105(SABRE32 Reference ES9018 DAC) sounds vs. the PS Audio(Wolfson WM8741 DAC)

    Might be able to simplify by moving the PS Audio out of the system and rocking the Oppo as an-all-in one solution?


    Oppo 105 or PS Audio PWD Mk2
    http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr...gtl&1364939266

    Like others here...some suggested the 105 w/ the Modwright mod.

    Thanks for the link

    from what I read in that thread most of them seem to prefer PS Audio DAC

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    Take it all with a grain of salt. The main reason the post was linked were the great points that were brought up about computer audio sounding better due to no transport in the mix.
    This is the highest level of critical music listening and only the sum of parts combined with the ears of the individual can say what sounds best in their system. If you are willing to spend up to $3K on just an SACD transport then we can see why some suggested the Oppo with the mod. The reviews and feedback is all there to support that transport, DAC, and analog audio being on par with units costing much more.

    Of course there has to be tons of options at your price point as well as used transports.. Depends on what route you consider fun.
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    +1 for Marantz. I have the SA-8004, love it. And you'll have enough money leftover to get a nice turntable and a cartridge!
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    ^^^^^^^

    I double that :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    +1 for Marantz. I have the SA-8004, love it. And you'll have enough money leftover to get a nice turntable and a cartridge!
    And I triple it the SA8004 is a sweet value... and with the new SA8005 out i would guess there are some available for no pun intended... a song.
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    I don't know man, it's almost like you're taking a step backwards. If you already have a great custom built music server why not move your current DAC out & replace it w/ one that does DSD & Hi-Rez. The only reason I can think of to get a stand alone SACD player is if you have a huge library of SACD's & don't want to repurchase the same material. Other than that a DSD/ Hi-Rez DAC is a match made in heaven for your system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    I don't know man, it's almost like you're taking a step backwards. If you already have a great custom built music server why not move your current DAC out & replace it w/ one that does DSD & Hi-Rez. The only reason I can think of to get a stand alone SACD player is if you have a huge library of SACD's & don't want to repurchase the same material. Other than that a DSD/ Hi-Rez DAC is a match made in heaven for your system.
    Point Taken. makes sense.


    I believed/believe... media server + DAC < CD/SACD player in terms of sonic quality.
    Don't the players have better implementation thanks a stand alone server and DAC?

    I thought storing the media in digital media is a compromise in sonic quality for ease of operation

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    Yeah, these guys here are also making the point about the better sound of computer audio. Its the future!

    Given where you are already and the fact that you want to upgrade ....it would be a shame to not listen to some of these new DAC's that are out. There's just so much out there to listen to....a millions DACs in every price range!

    If I were where your in your shoes I would really want to check out the Cord Electronics DSD/DXD DACs...as well as others. I think I said that in one of your older posts. Intriguing technology and awesome reviews. but damn! $3K-4K on a DAC! Waay out of my league....and I'm not even on the 2 ch road just yet. However, you just might have to check that stuff out if you want to take it to another level. You seem to moving at a pretty good pace...cool to watch from the sidelines. LOL!
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    They make a very good point about the DAC. with SACD & Vinyl your always listening to 1 at a time, and if you went more with your server and HI-REZ downloads you have more of playlist choice. SACD's and vinyl cost a lot these days (unless you manly get older vinyl) but so do HI-Rez files. So much to think about before you choose you direction. I'm also working on re ripping all my CD's into flac's or alac's to go with what few Hi-Rez downloads I have and playing everything thru my Marantz's DAC. I'm always thinking now do I buy the SACD? or the Vinyl or do I buy the Hi-Rez download?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumerian View Post
    Point Taken. makes sense.


    I believed/believe... media server + DAC < CD/SACD player in terms of sonic quality.
    Don't the players have better implementation thanks a stand alone server and DAC?

    I thought storing the media in digital media is a compromise in sonic quality for ease of operation
    Your last statement..."I thought storing the media in digital media is a compromise in sonic quality for ease of operation" has me scratching my head a bit. What exactly do you think CD/SACD's are? They are nothing more than a disc that stores digital media. The same exact thing that your music server does, only better. The ease of operation is one heck of a bonus though. As I said before unless you have a huge library of SACD's there in no advantage in going with a stand alone player. Music server, DSD & Hi-Rez DAC are far superior in my opinion. Ever wonder why at the audio shows the overwhelming majority of exhibitors are running servers. And most folks now bring their music on USB's. You have to look hard to find a disc spinner in their rooms. There's a good reason for that. I think you'll actually find more vinyl than CD players also. I believe the CD is somewhat of a dead format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WLDock View Post
    If I were where your in your shoes I would really want to check out the Cord Electronics DSD/DXD DACs...as well as others. I think I said that in one of your older posts. Intriguing technology and awesome reviews. but damn! $3K-4K on a DAC! Waay out of my league....and I'm not even on the 2 ch road just yet. However, you just might have to check that stuff out if you want to take it to another level. You seem to moving at a pretty good pace...cool to watch from the sidelines. LOL!
    Yes I do remember that discussion .... Finally I pulled the trigger on PS Audio MKII with bridge... If I have to upgrade my DAC I think I will go for PS Audio DirectStream ... Allegedly it will upstream every thing to DSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    Your last statement..."I thought storing the media in digital media is a compromise in sonic quality for ease of operation" has me scratching my head a bit. What exactly do you think CD/SACD's are? They are nothing more than a disc that stores digital media. The same exact thing that your music server does, only better. The ease of operation is one heck of a bonus though. As I said before unless you have a huge library of SACD's there in no advantage in going with a stand alone player. Music server, DSD & Hi-Rez DAC are far superior in my opinion. Ever wonder why at the audio shows the overwhelming majority of exhibitors are running servers. And most folks now bring their music on USB's. You have to look hard to find a disc spinner in their rooms. There's a good reason for that. I think you'll actually find more vinyl than CD players also. I believe the CD is somewhat of a dead format.

    I totally hear you....

    Went to Audio showroom yesterday to check some equipment and demo SACD players... They didn't had any SACD players on demo.

    But they had a B&W 800 speakers hooked up with McinTosh Amp, McinTosh Premamp, McinTosh Room correction which is fed through a Desktop with Jriver....

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    The same exact thing that your music server does, only better.
    Better how?

    I believe the CD is somewhat of a dead format.
    Total value of CD albums (includes SACD) was $2.4 billion in 2013.

    Total value of digital albums was $1.2 billion in 2013.

    Total value of vinyl albums was $211 million in 2013.

    CD/SACD's are far, far from a dead format.
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    Wow !... I knew vinyls are back but I never would have guessed this numbers.

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    While I can agree the world in general seems to moving to the digital server options, I still prefer a good SACD/CDP over digital downloads for overall sound quality. That's not to say good sound, even great sound can't be had in the computer realm.

    Trying to simplify a SACD/CDP as just another digital copy on a disc is too easy, simply more to it than that. Maybe it's the better built analog output stages, maybe the laser reading the files, maybe the shortness of all the connections inside a player that eliminates the influences of additional cabling. Can't say for sure, all I know is they sound slightly better.

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