|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.
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.