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    Default Looking for a High quality CD Player?

    If I've to choose between

    NAD C542 or
    Cambridge Audio Azur 640C

    Which one should I go for, I'm looking for a high quality sound. My budget is $700 Canadian Dollars.

    OR is there any other brand you can recommend.
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    I'd get the NAD between those two. I really like my "lowly" NAD C521!

    You might also want to check out the Arcam CD63 or a used Arcam CD73, both very good players. I've also read a lot of good things about the new Rotel RCD-1072.
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    That is a win-win proposition. Both great players; i do admit a bias towards the Cambridge because I owned the D500SE, and it was a wonderful player. It seems the 640C is following in it's foot steps and then some.

    If I were buying, it would be the Cambridge. The costruction is just a little bit better (I felt) on the Cambridge--which edged it out for me when I was also looking at the NAD.

    As a note, the 640C uses the same DAC as the highly regarded Rega Planet 2000.
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    http://www.audioshop.on.ca/cambridgedigital.htm

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    Music Hall CD-25

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    Originally posted by steveinaz
    As a note, the 640C uses the same DAC as the highly regarded Rega Planet 2000.
    Hey Troy, isn't that the CD player we heard with the ProAc's?
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    Originally posted by Zero
    Music Hall CD-25
    Absolutely!, another giant killer at a good price. And the Ah! Njoe Toeb 4000 at $699.
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    I've not seen a Cambridge or a NAD..........I have been considering a Denon only to match existing componets. Feedback from the experienced is and will be interesting.

    Good Luck !......................:D
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    Some great CD Players can be found in the $350-$700 range that will give $1000 and up players a serious run for their money. Here's a few:

    1. NAD C-540 series
    2. Cambridge Audio D500SE, Azur 640C
    3. Rega Planet 2000 (used)
    4. Ah! Njoe Toeb
    5. Music Hall MMF-25
    6. Sony ES series
    7. Vintage 18-bit Yamaha "900" series (used)

    ...I'm sure there are more.

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    Also check out Rotel RCD 1072 for $699.00
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    Thanks guys for the input, I'll look forward to both NAD C542 and CA Azur 640C CD player.

    My another question is, how would I know if I'm using CD player's DACs or my A/V/Pre/Pro DACs. I heard that when you use Analog outputs you're using CD player's DACs but if you're using Optical or Coaxial output you're using A/V/Pre/Pro DACs. Which is better and why?

    Tell me if I'm wrong.

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    Originally posted by hamzahsh
    Thanks guys for the input, I'll look forward to both NAD C542 and CA Azur 640C CD player.

    My another question is, how would I know if I'm using CD player's DACs or my A/V/Pre/Pro DACs. I heard that when you use Analog outputs you're using CD player's DACs but if you're using Optical or Coaxial output you're using A/V/Pre/Pro DACs. Which is better and why?

    Tell me if I'm wrong.

    C'MON Guys Answer my Question?

    Who knows!
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    Velodyne CHT-15 (subwoofer)
    Yamaha RX-V1400 (Pre/Pro)
    NAD C272 (2-ch Amp)
    Adcom GFA-7605 (5-ch Amp)
    Toshiba SD-3109 (DVD/CD player)
    Malata DVP-580 (Multi-region DVD player)

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    Originally posted by hamzahsh
    C'MON Guys Answer my Question?

    Who knows!
    Cambridge Audio.

    Analog = CDP DAC
    Digital = AVR/ Pre-Amp DAC

    Analog vs Digital is completely your decision. It's a loaded question because it's 50/50 in general opinion. I prefer analog, and digital coaxial output for DTS only. I have no interest in optical and do not like the performance in my listening enviroment.

    Good luck.
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    I heard that when you use Analog outputs you're using CD player's DACs but if you're using Optical or Coaxial output you're using A/V/Pre/Pro DACs.
    This is correct...so the issue become which has the better DAC...or in reality which one sounds better to you. Good CDPs ususally have pretty good DACs...but so do good pre/pros.
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    Thanks guys!
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    Velodyne CHT-15 (subwoofer)
    Yamaha RX-V1400 (Pre/Pro)
    NAD C272 (2-ch Amp)
    Adcom GFA-7605 (5-ch Amp)
    Toshiba SD-3109 (DVD/CD player)
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    Originally posted by gmorris
    Hey Troy, isn't that the CD player we heard with the ProAc's?
    yes sir!
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