Originally Posted by eyeteeth
Can I ask for a characterization of the differences between your Meridian G08 and Arcam FMJ CD23T? Arcams seem to update annually with the older models going for sweet prices; I'm an eye on "diminishing returns" man.
Also, your Bryston interests me as its receives some polarized opinion, with some of that very blatant audiophile snobbery. I love stuff born of pro studio heritage. Any thoughts on your Brystons?
Everybody apparently hears things better and describes what they have heard better than I do.
I would, however, contend that in the higher levels of audio reproduction, just as in live performance, it is the revealed clarity of the small details that makes the difference. The G08 with its upsampling is slightly clearer, cleaner and more analytic than my CD23T. I've got upsampling on my Ahh! Njoeb Tjoeb 4000 Super, and upsampling redbook CDs appeals to my audio tastes. I really liked the CD23T's ring-DAC when I first borrowed one to audition in my system; the emotional content the Arcam revealed was very moving to me. The Meridian is a full step beyond that. All three CD players are very smooth.
I've posted elsewhere on HeadFi about my pattern of upgrading sources; the G08 bumped the CD23T out of the #1 System and upstairs to my headphone system with my RKV. Consequently, this bumped the Njoeb Tjoeb from the RKV out to the cabin system, where its additions were amazing. I've upgraded sources not because I did not like the old source, but because I thought the new source offered a real improvement and value. I also really like silver as a conductor in my interconnects and cables.
The Bryston 14B ST is, as you know, really two monoblocks in a single chassis. Mine is the 20A model; with tested output slightly over 620WRMS per channel. It works well to control the Nautiluses' bass output. It sounds good to output levels that cause me pain. It works so well that some snobs can't deal with the fact that it is a switching SS amp. Bryston's R&D lineage and their 20 year warranty are good with me as well. I find I do better when I use my own ears, what little common sense I possess, and a practical analysis of values rather than letting my ego run roughshod over all.
Sorry for the hijack.