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post #46 of 63
Yup Oppo 983 is a great DVD player, and Oppo are now pricing themselves a bit too high I think with BD offering (supposed to be affordable not competing with upper range models in price) 83 has benefit of 24hz capability for DVD-Video, the 983 can't do that.
post #47 of 63
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So the original lineup wouldn't be a bad option with a DAC down the road? If I got the 5003, NAD amp and PSB speakers, I'd probably have to wait until after Christmas to start scouting for a DAC, but do you think those three components paired with one would do admirably? I intend to pick up one of the components today.

[EDIT] The γ2 Compact High Performance DAC

Is that the one?
post #48 of 63
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Originally Posted by ngower View Post
So the original lineup wouldn't be a bad option with a DAC down the road? If I got the 5003, NAD amp and PSB speakers, I'd probably have to wait until after Christmas to start scouting for a DAC, but do you think those three components paired with one would do admirably? I intend to pick up one of the components today.

[EDIT] The γ2 Compact High Performance DAC

Is that the one?
LOL Ok, sounds like you really want that 5003, so go for it - but I just want to make sure you get what I'm saying that if you then get a dac you're basically turning the 5003 into an overpriced transport, something any cheap cd player with optical/toslink output can do. So if you want to maximize your cash just get the 5003 (it looks nice, I see the appeal), skip the dac. Or get a super cheap cd player, and a dac (recommended). It doesn't make sense to have both, you'd be throwing money away.

So yes, that original lineup is a great start. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I'm a fan of Marantz gear myself.

Anyhoos, hope that makes sense.
post #49 of 63
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LOL Ok, sounds like you really want that 5003, so go for it - but I just want to make sure you get what I'm saying that if you then get a dac you're basically turning the 5003 into an overpriced transport, something any cheap cd player with optical/toslink output can do. So if you want to maximize your cash just get the 5003 (it looks nice, I see the appeal), skip the dac. Or get a super cheap cd player, and a dac (recommended). It doesn't make sense to have both, you'd be throwing money away.

So yes, that original lineup is a great start. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I'm a fan of Marantz gear myself.

Anyhoos, hope that makes sense.
I understand where you're coming from with the DAC, that I could get a $5 or a $5000 CD player and it wouldn't matter.

My point is that I'm grabbing the DAC last (complicated as to why, it's a matter of how I'm spending my money and with what payment, i.e. credit, cash, gift cards, etc) so the CD player will have to get me through at worst a few months. I'm expecting early to mid January when I could purchase the DAC.
post #50 of 63
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that I could get a $5 or a $5000 CD player and it wouldn't matter.
woah stop right there. Some people say that not all CDP and CDT digital outputs are the same. I wouldn't know don't have high end CDT.
post #51 of 63
First in dealing with a receiver it would be impossible to beat the Outlaw 2150RR for 699.00 Its the best receiver I hesard and competitive with intergerateds 3x more. I replaced a 10k tube front end and it delivers the good driving Revel F30 and good phone preamp. I also purchased the Onkyo Dx7555 cd player with the Wolfson Dac. It beat out my 2k Classe CDP. The other purchase I made was a Marantz DV6001 universal player and wow what a bargain. #0 years in the hobby I downsized from a 30k rig and havent lost much,
post #52 of 63
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woah stop right there. Some people say that not all CDP and CDT digital outputs are the same. I wouldn't know don't have high end CDT.
true, but that just adds more complications.

Ngower, grab the 5003.
post #53 of 63
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Original set-up (over the next two weeks or so)

Source: Marantz CD5003
Amp: NAD C326BEE
Speakers: PSB Alpha B1

Cost: $850 (approx.)

Future add-ons (within a month or two from the last three)

DAC: y2
Turntable of some kind

Is there anything else here that would make a big difference while still keeping in mind small-budget components?

I appreciate everything so far guys.

[EDIT] Would pairing an NAD CD player like the C515BEE or C542 (if I can find one) be a better option than going with the Marantz? Is synergy still an issue when adding a DAC in between the two?
post #54 of 63
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As far as wires and interconnects are concerned, any recommendations? I won't set a number, but just don't go nuts.
post #55 of 63
$100 should be enough to cover all speaker, HDMI and interconnect cables. I've got seperates so need something like 5 pairs of RCA cables, plus 5.1 RCA cable run from BD to processor.
post #56 of 63
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As far as wires and interconnects are concerned, any recommendations? I won't set a number, but just don't go nuts.
You probably want to avoid any audiophile-y level stuff right now. Two very popular places to get high quality no frills ICs and wire are Monoprice.com and Blue Jeans Cable. Can't go wrong. I will go out on a limb and say get your hdmi from Blue Jeans. I know it's all bits and yadda yadda but from personal xp some of the super cheap hdmi have inferior image quality, probably due to poor manufacturing and QC (from China? noooo).
post #57 of 63
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You probably want to avoid any audiophile-y level stuff right now. Two very popular places to get high quality no frills ICs and wire are Monoprice.com and Blue Jeans Cable. Can't go wrong. I will go out on a limb and say get your hdmi from Blue Jeans. I know it's all bits and yadda yadda but from personal xp some of the super cheap hdmi have inferior image quality, probably due to poor manufacturing and QC (from China? noooo).
I've bought cables from Monoprice before, I'll definitely give them a look.

Placed an order on the C326BEE today, probably won't get it for a little while as we've got Sunday tomorrow and Thanksgiving this week, but I'd imagine I'll have it in a week.

I can get a consignment C521BEE for $200, would that be a wiser option over a new C515BEE for $300? I'm aware that the C521 would later be the C525, so obviously it would make sense on paper, but I've heard used CD players could be a bad idea.
post #58 of 63
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So I thought of something I completely overlooked when you were all recommending the DAC + cheap CD player route. Would using my PS3 as a CD player be a decent option for a DAC? If so it would only make sense as I'd be killing two birds with one stone early on.

If so, I'll then be choosing between the y2 and the Musical Fidelity V
post #59 of 63
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So I thought of something I completely overlooked when you were all recommending the DAC + cheap CD player route. Would using my PS3 as a CD player be a decent option for a DAC? If so it would only make sense as I'd be killing two birds with one stone early on.

If so, I'll then be choosing between the y2 and the Musical Fidelity V
It depends on if your PS3 can bitstream audio. I'm pretty sure that some of the models cannot.
post #60 of 63
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Did some research and it seems mine cannot
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