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Lamborghini among CD Players for $55,000!!!

post #1 of 65
Thread Starter 
I've come across a very interesting review of
perhaps most expensive CD player ever!
It's got that ORGANIC factor entertainment!
If I had $55,000, Id' rather buy a BMW or Mercedes!

Here are some fragments from the review:

"This Zanden quartet of Japanese-built boxes (representing CD support,
and power supply for each) might seem considerably more expensive than
any other CD, player EVER. ...
The 19,000 pound sterling Model 2000 CD transport and
12,500 pund sterling Model 5000 Signature DAC are fine products ...
....
Internally, the levels of damping, noise absorption and isolation are
virtually WITHOUT EQUAL. ...
.....
Don't expect any fancy feautures like CD-Text, of course - these are
all sacrificed to deliver a digital datastream with absolute accuracy.
Zanden deploys the MOST ACCURATE DIGITAL CLOCK IN AUDIO and
feautures the all too infrequently used I^2 S digital connection to
produce the sort of JITTER-FREE, PHASE-NOISE-FREE and
TIMING-ACCURATE performance we could have only DREAMED
about a few years ago.

Keeping the digital signal as pure as possible means separating
the power supply from the transport itself. ....
but Zanden goes for overkill and places the PSU in a box about the size of a small
monoblock power amp. This can make a significant difference,
although sadly precious few manufacures make two-box transport these days.
The two-box approach, separating the power supply from the AUDIO
electronics, extends to the Model 5000 Signature DAC, too.
Based on the standard Model 5000 MkIV, and - like the transport -
a Philips derived design, this 16-bit/44.1kHz DAC is one of the most
simple and straightforward you'll find these days. But this is deliberate:
Zanden beleves the Philips TDA-1541A Double Crown DAC chip to be
the best there is, and the rest is purely down to Zanden's approach to
digital audio. NO oversampling, NO negative feedback, NO up-sampling
and brick-wall filter - Zanden makes its own digital filter to aid
minimalist approach. It also makes the DAC's zero negative feedback valve
line output stage too, sporting a single 6922 double triode tube.
The power supply is just as comprehensively specified, also sporting valves
in place diode rectification, with two 6CA4 and one 6X4 valves in the big, well-made box.

SOUND QUUALITY
...
This is one of those CD replay systems that change the way we look
at the MEDIUM. When you get to the high end of CD replay, you generally
LOSE that bright digital sheen found in cheaper CD and especially DVD players.
By the time you reach Wadia/Mark Levinson/Audio Research CD player levels,
you expect the player performance to be extremely NATURAL sounding, ...
.....

The combo is exceptionally NATURAL sounding. It's NOT just the level of detail,
the warmth and BEAUTIFUL SOUNDSTAGING; it manages to have that ORGANIC
entertainment factor that usually ONLY happens when a high-end turnatable
is involved. However, the Zanden combo is NOT particularly vinyl-sounding and
it doesn't try to emulate the sound of LP - ...
....

Everything that's played through the Zandem combo sounds utterly BEAUTIFUL.
Perhaps the ROUGH edge of HARD ROCK may be slightly SMOOTHED, but
even the electronic snap of Kraftwerk's music was delivered with effortless
DYNAMICS ans SCALE. Play anything live or UNamplified and you seem to have
a direct connection to the music, but it's NOT a sense of VEILS being lifted or
anything as trite as that. What you get is a feeling of living, breathing musicians
making real music with as much ACCURACY and INTEGRITY as you'll find anywhere,
short of hiring the musicians themselves to play in your living room.
.....

The sound doesn't present itself FORWARD of the speakers, BUT has
NEAR-INFINITE DEPTH and WIDTH. This creates an almost perfect
'third seat of the concert hall' effect. You are drawn into the music subtly,
but irrevocably; ...
...

This sounds like SACD or DVD-Audio SHOULD. With these newer formats,
you get an EXTRA RESOLUTION, the EXTRA DETAIL ... BUT you often
LOSE REALISM and NEUTRALITY. ...
...
Once you've heard just how good CD can sound with the Zandem,
all else is gaslight. You might even trade in your LP collection, turntable
and phono stage, BECAUSE you may NOT NEED them any more."

It's surprising that despite the high price it DOES NOT handle HARD ROCK properly.
It's also interesting that its performance apparently OUTSHINES the SACD or DVD-Audio playback.


Anyway, see you on the BMW or Mercedes Side of the Moon.

Adam
post #2 of 65
Actually no I believe this would be the most expensive CDP in existence: http://www.goldmund.com/products/eidosreference/specs/
post #3 of 65
The preferred choice for people with much money and few brains.
post #4 of 65
Darth's system sounds way better anyway

I'd take a BMW M3 or an Audi RS4 over that CDP, but it sure is pretty.
post #5 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by tkam
Actually no I believe this would be the most expensive CDP in existence: http://www.goldmund.com/products/eidosreference/specs/
I just love Goldmund's approach: Price it so high that only 50 people in the world can afford it, then those fifty people WILL buy it. Only Goldmund would have the Swiss Balls to say,

"# By Subscription only
# Owner's name engraved on the unit and registered in the software
# $70'000 before the subscription opens
# Probably much higher after..."

I would personally buy something solid like Benchmark or Lavry for $1000 and mod it to my tastes, then spend the money left over on building a dedicated listening room and buying amps, speakers, room correction device, etc.

Then again, what's scary is that people who will buy something like this probably already have preamp/amp/speaker/room that cost at least as much.
post #6 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by tkam
Actually no I believe this would be the most expensive CDP in existence: http://www.goldmund.com/products/eidosreference/specs/
I'd like the fact it can read MP3 Disks. I have some 128k MP3 CDs somewhere...
post #7 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by tkam
Actually no I believe this would be the most expensive CDP in existence: http://www.goldmund.com/products/eidosreference/specs/
$$,$$$ for a cdp looking like Taj Mahal
so much for designers : P
post #8 of 65
And you get a whopping FIVE YEAR warranty!


Whew, good thing I'll never have to worry about my $70'000 investment.


post #9 of 65
Thread Starter 

I've added MORE text from the review of the $55,000 CD Player.

Hi! I've reEDITED my post #1 completely by adding ALL the essential text from the review.
It's very interesting to me, and that's why I'm sharing this with you.

Clearly, this Lamborghini among CD players, is MORE affordable than hiring,
for instance, The Rolling Stones to play in your living room on your birthday.

Anyway, see you on the BMW Side of the Moon

Adam
post #10 of 65
Woah, no thanks.
post #11 of 65
that would actually make it a rolls royce or a bugatti, since lamborghinis can be had for cheap.

Either way i'd still own an etype jag. Money isn't everything
post #12 of 65
Man, and I thought my dream of owning a $10,000 Wadia and $60,000 worth of real actual music was crazy...

I wonder what people who buy equipment like that listen to? And when I say "people", I mean those belonging to the lunatic fringe

"Mmmm, I think I'm going to sit down and listen to some test tones today!"
post #13 of 65
That's the problem with some of the lunatic crowd. I know someone who would be one except that he doesn't have the money. They are the type of people who use ceramic spacers to keep cables off the ground to improve sound, yet most of them don't actually listen to music.

I've been over to his place a few times. The last time he was interrupting with the usual comments like listen to the decay of the symbal or how great is the transient on that kick when I just got up, stopped the cd, and just said to him do you even know what that last song is about? I just got a blank stare back.

If you're listening to your hifi and not to the music, you've missed the point.
If you're hifi cost more then your music collection, you've missed the point.
post #14 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garbz
I've been over to his place a few times. The last time he was interrupting with the usual comments like listen to the decay of the symbal or how great is the transient on that kick when I just got up, stopped the cd, and just said to him do you even know what that last song is about? I just got a blank stare back.

If you're listening to your hifi and not to the music, you've missed the point.
If you're hifi cost more then your music collection, you've missed the point.
I like this part a lot. I agree that a lot of people starting into the world of audiophile (and also many who have already invested a lot into this hobby) somehow lost the plot. They started listening to their gears, not the music.
post #15 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zorander
I like this part a lot. I agree that a lot of people starting into the world of audiophile (and also many who have already invested a lot into this hobby) somehow lost the plot. They started listening to their gears, not the music.
I really feel this digs deeper into the current social disease we are facing today. This disease is simply not being in the moment. Not appreciating the present is a scary thing and you will see it all day when people drive and yap on their phones. Many many more examples, but in this thread we have the audiophiles who have given up on music; which is essentially a moment captured in sound.
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