|Originally posted by markl
Yes, a CDP is much more than a DAC, but the DAC is by far the crucial piece and most significant determinant of the sound of any CDP.
Sorry, I disagree with this statement. While very important, The DAC section is not as important as the quality of the power supplies and analog section. Ceteris Paribus.
In any given year there are examples of CD players selling for $250 and $2500 that use the same DAC chip. Do they sound the same? No. Then what is the main difference besides features and a nicer chassis? - Primarilly The power supplies and the analog section.
In any given year there are a handfull of different DAC chips that manufacturers use. Do they sound the same? No, but often they are similar and a matter of preferrence when properly implemented. However, when you compare a recent DAC chip to one from the mid-80's, then you are talking some pretty major differences. So Mark, I understand your point and don't completely dissagree when many years between CD players are involved.