Yesterday I tried the CD-S2000 and the CD-S1000 in a shop. They both sounded exactly the same to me. And since I have no balanced output equipment I got*
And I know there was talk of hearing "bad" recordings as unpleasant. But with an album I thought until now was a good recording I heared something I can only describe as unpleasant presure (static). Thing is - I never heared it before. And it is not constantly there, only in the beginning (1 minute or less) when the music goes from nothing to a "normal" level. I'm typing this while listening again and again and I find myself trying to hear the hiss instead of enjoying. Not what I intended to do - I wanted to enjoy the music.
So - I'm not sure it is in the recording. Or in my equipment. Or in a combination. Other Equipment is a AT-DHA3000/AT-L3000 combination (used but new to me). The link between the Yamaha and the Audio Technica amp is an optical cable. And I have multiple filters on the 220V.
Like I said, I never heard this background hiss before on this recording, not even when I picked up the cans. And the only thing in the setup that I heared then that I didn't buy was the cd-player (Traxdata). So it probably is the new Yamaha. (Or I'm getting more critical real fast now
) If so - I'll have to decide if it is a bad thing or not for me. I will have to make up my mind soon because I still have a week to return the Yamaha (agreed upon by the shop. *
It is on a sort of already payed for loan. If I don't return it, I buy it. If for whatever reason I don't want it, I can get a refund or another player. While this is the normal/legal cooling down period where I live, it is also written down so I would be able to try it out at home at ease - the payment being the resellers ease
Something else - I have everything standing within arm's reach. And I can hear the CD-player spin up when everything around is quiet. Something you absolutly don't hear at first, but once noted... minor annoyance.
And when the set-up is in stand-by or pauze I can hear some static hiss, but only when I open up the volume on the amp maybe around 50% or more. That is a volume that I actualy find quite painfull on the recordings I played until now - so I find the normal distortion is asolutly undetectable while playing music... For me absolutly not critical, and normal even, but I still thought it worth mentioning here.
I think I will have to haul my AT-L3000/AT-DHA3000 to the shop at a quiet time and hook them up to other players (Arkam CD37 maybe? It has some dampening in the case they called dead metal. Until the spinning up sound I thought it silly... But when you go for something you might as well go all-out I guess) & read some of your advice/opinions and then decide.