Originally Posted by Duncan
I'm just hoping that you're as pleased with yours, as I am with mine
Congrats on getting yours for a great price
My Philips CD 850 arrived today and, damn, that was a huge package the post guy gave me
The first thing I noticed is that the headphone out had its own potentiometer which is nice to have because that means the real audio data goes to the analog out without going through such a amp/preamp.
This thing has tons of features and I still haven't figured them all out.
Reading my self-burnt test cds was no problem. The transport is pretty quiet. The display is huge and displays all relevant information. Ok, enough about the features...did I mention that it has a digital out as well, so in case I feel upgrading to a real good dac in the future...
Anyway, the sound: I have listened to it for about an hour with a Grado Sr125 and without an amp. Obviously my expectations were quite high, especially after Duncan's raves and Pink Floyd's agreement.
And my expectations were absolutely fulfilled. To sum it up, the sound is really natural (this term might have been overused but this is just how it sounds to me). When I listened to a sax I was like "So this is how a sax sounds like"....and the female vocals....oh my god, so sweet. It just sounds extremely real, less harsh than most source I've listened to. I think sweet is the right word. Soundstage is awesome, I heard details I never heard before and so on and so forth.
I bet you guys have been reading this kind of impression at least a thousand times but I just to had to express my excitement somehow. This is a great player and if you can get your hands on one: GET ONE!
Maybe I can give you one comparison: My first audiophile experience was about a year ago when I listened to a Rega2000 (headphone out) with a pair of Grado 325 at a hifi store (At that time I was just looking for a store which have the Koss Porta Pros
). Well, obiously I was floored. Since then I have listened to many many headphones, done a lot of testing with different music, some amps and some sources. And one hour I ago I was just as floored as I was 6 months ago. So if you could measure a source by the wow-factor then this source definately deserves a big wow.
Again, thanks Duncan, this is a great player and so cheap as well!
I just can't wait until my Gilmore Lite and the Grado 225 arrive....I can't even imagine how great that's gonna be
edit: and did I mention that I'm going to join team source matters?