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post #16 of 45
Thread Starter 
Like I said to ya on icq.. that silver with blue LCD really is nice

But since I already ordered 370. I will see how it goes.

The fun continues... falling in deeper n deeper ..!



Tides
post #17 of 45
Wait, wait , wait

The 500Se is an audiophile product, abeit an entry level one.
The denon is a mass market product. How are we even comparing the two?
Vertigo, you have even admitted that your $100 gamma DAC made a slight improvement to the sound of your Denon! The DAC in the 500Se was was originally conceived to play 192 kHz 24-bit DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD material! The 500Se should be compared to players in the Music Fidelity (xray)or Cal labs class, not a mass market Denon!
Now don't get me wrong, as far as mass market goes I'm sure the Denon sounds better than your typical Sony but it shouldn't be compared to real hi-end equipment.
post #18 of 45
Quote:
Originally posted by bootman
Wait, wait , wait

The 500Se is an audiophile product, abeit an entry level one.
The denon is a mass market product. How are we even comparing the two?
Vertigo, you have even admitted that your $100 gamma DAC made a slight improvement to the sound of your Denon! The DAC in the 500Se was was originally conceived to play 192 kHz 24-bit DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD material! The 500Se should be compared to players in the Music Fidelity (xray)or Cal labs class, not a mass market Denon!
Now don't get me wrong, as far as mass market goes I'm sure the Denon sounds better than your typical Sony but it shouldn't be compared to real hi-end equipment.
bootman,

If you've never listened to the Denon DCM-370, you might find yourself quite surprised. I've auditioned many sub-$1000 players, and not much else tempted me except for (in ascending price order) NAD's C541 (but it had random access problems), Rotel RCD-951 (didn't sound any better than the 370 to my ears), Arcam's 7se (transformer hummed like a barbershop quartet), Arcam Diva CD72 (liked it better than the Rega and almost walked off with it), Rega Planet 2000, and Sony's SCD-C333ES SACD/CD player (I ended up buying and keeping the Sony).

One of the players I selected the Denon over is the Marantz 6000OSE that, while a very nice sounding player, was a bit bright to my ears.

The Denon is now my office source. The 333 has replaced it as my primary home source.

The DCM-370 may not have the most cutting edge features. It may not be as tank-like as my 333, but it sure sounds good. I don't know if was a lucky break or by design, but they did something right with that player.
post #19 of 45
Thread Starter 

Xmas is almost here

2 more days... July 2nd.. UPS will be here with my dcm370.

I made room for DCM370 already. 1 HDCD and 4 cd are waiting to go in the tray.

Xcanv2 is nice and warm. Hd600 is on my Head, just waiting for this dcm370 now


Tides

PS. Nice post Jude, I love reading good opinions on the dcm370
post #20 of 45
I'm not too sure what exactly you mean here by "mass marketed", as I'm pretty sure that Cambridge goes through an assembly line just like any other CD player out there. The sound of the Denon is CERTAINLY FAR from mass marketed. As I said before, the player simply packs so much punch for its price. The Denon is pound for pound a bang for the buck product...if you feel like spending more for an "audiophile" CDP, be my guest...you'd be very hard pressed to match the Denon in terms of features and sound quality.

And I plainly expected the Gamma to be better, even before I bothered trying it with the Denon at all...we are talking a $200 stand alone DAC versus a $200 CDP with a built in run of the mill DAC after all. Just about ANY external DAC over $100 would sound better then a sub $500 CDP's DAC. And the difference is not a great and massive one, I got WAY more of a "better" difference bringing in a RKV tube amp and brighter interconnects then I ever got adding the Gamma in. I took the Gamma out of the chain in the end in fact...the sound difference just wasn't worth losing the volume control capability.

Anyways, the sheer number of positive reviews already speaks volumes about the Denon...I'd personally recommend it anyday over the Cambridge.
post #21 of 45
Has anyone actually heard both players at the same time?
post #22 of 45
Here is a pro review on the 500SE comparing it to a few players.

Review: Part 1

Review: Part 2
post #23 of 45
Just throwing in my 2p's worth!

On the whole in the uk a multidisc change is usually considerd to have poorer sound compared with a similarly priced single tray cd player.

I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule the world over and DENON usually have a fairly reliable track record...

Hope you enjoy it, how about a personal review of when you get it?!
post #24 of 45
Quote:
As I said before, the player simply packs so much punch for its price. The Denon is pound for pound a bang for the buck product...if you feel like spending more for an "audiophile" CDP, be my guest...you'd be very hard pressed to match the Denon in terms of features and sound quality.
And how would you know this when you've heard nothing (in terms of players) to compare it to?
post #25 of 45
Well, I mean, what else is out there that has HDCD, a 5 disc carousel, useful features on the remote like a volume control, and sounds good for $200? I must have read about 20+ CD players when I searched for mine, and in the end I just kept going back to the Denon. Sure there were a bunch of solid $500 CDPs out there that looked very tempting, but not as tempting as the Denon. My point here is the Denon's bang for the buck value...there's pratically nothing else out there that can do what it can, for $200. Heck adding in HDCD on some of the other players I read about costed an arm and a leg.

Now as to how people like the Denon's sound as compared to the Cambridge which seems to be a bright sounding player, I don't know...but I don't see very many negative reviews that have to do with the Denon's sound.
post #26 of 45
Well, I've got a Denon mult-CD changer, and I love it. No more having to stop the music to add/remove a CD from the tray... And it sounds good, too!
post #27 of 45
Thread Starter 
11 hours till my Dcm370 shows up =)

Cant wait for that door bell to ring

Tides
post #28 of 45
Quote:
Originally posted by Tides
11 hours till my Dcm370 shows up =)

Cant wait for that door bell to ring

Tides
LOL! I can totally relate. That's how I am when I'm waiting for something to arrive and know pretty much when it'll get here.
post #29 of 45
Tides:

What online store has the Denon for $230? I'm considering that model, along with the 500SE Silver for $340.

On that note, I currently have an NAD 502 CD player for headphone listening, which is considered a "classic" sub-$500 player and used to be a Stereophile Recommended Component. I'm wondering if it's really worth "upgrading" to either of these units, or if I should hold off until I can afford something clearly a cut above?
post #30 of 45
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by MacDEF
Tides:

What online store has the Denon for $230? I'm considering that model, along with the 500SE Silver for $340.

I bought the player here
http://www.lgdsuperstore.com/

They seem to have pretty good store rating according to www.bizrate.com I did some research before I ordered the dcm370. My priority was to buy from a store with good service first, then good price second. Then during my research I found this store. This store has the best price and pretty good service ( based on bizrate.com's 2500+customer feedbacks on this store)

bizrate rating
http://www.bizrate.com/ratings_guide...1140000&r=perf


Dcm370 link here
http://store.yahoo.com/gigabuyz/dcm370.html

Price is $ 198.88

Since I am in NY and the store is also in NY, I had to pay 8.25% tax on it. IF you are not in NY, then you can get it cheaper at 198.88+shipping !

My dcm370 shoudl be here in a few hours... should I goto sleep now or wait it out ? hmmmmm I think I iwll go take a nap Hd600 been waiting, Xcanv2 is nice n warm, also have the new Gladiator soundtrack, 1 HDCD waiting as well.. everything is set

Tides
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