For about 6 months now I've been fully aware that my source is the weak point in my system and now it's gotten to the point where my pos sources have just broken down on me and I need to get something to replace them. My main goal here is to pick up something for under $500 canadian that will sound the best with my 2 ch system. I listen to music 95% of the time so 2 ch sound is the main and only priority. I can deal with buying a cheapo dvd player later just to have ht.
I am not really in a hurry to go out and buy something so this is just brainstorming / research for when I plan to go and drop lots of cash on a source. I have two cdps in mind at the moment. The Cambridge Audio Azur 540C and the NAD C3521bee which I think both go for around $4-500 on the web but I have to call some dealers to find out exact prices. I want to buy new from an authorized dealer since I have had bad luck with sources as they tend to break by themselves more often than anything else.
Just by looking at the specs it seems that the 540c has a better dac and looks better but all I care about is sound. Any ideas? I can't find a dealer that carries both NAD and CA so doing an A / B test is going to be hard but I will eventually get out there and demo some gear. Would the nad fit with my other gear better since I already have a nad in the mix for amp / preamp?
This is what I'm running to maybe help for suggestions:
DIY Ascendant Audio Atlas 15 powered by a CSS Sub250RF putting 360 watts into 4 ohms
Toshiba SD3800 (that doesn't play dvds anymore and fritzs out on many of my cds now)
Kimber Heros from dvdp to integrated
Electrohome pos that kind of died on me about 2 weeks ago so now ht is out of commision
Polk Monitor 7Bs (fronts)
Athena AS-B1 (rears)