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Headhones only small SACD/high quality player, budget around £300-£400?

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Hi, Noob here.

 

I suspect I may be well off the mark by posting on this forum given the level of kit a lot of you guys have and the layout of the place, but Ill give it a pop anyway now Im signed up.

 

 

My current relevant gear is a pair of AKG 701s, AKG 272HDs, a Lehmann Rhinelander and I suppose an Ibasso D10 (lives with the PC to be honest, great for long haul flights and work though).

 

Target is to get a nice, warm but punchy sounding SACD player or very good CD player in a compact form, ie mini, that will compliment what I already have, for chilling out in the conservatory.

After hearing SACDs through our Marantz SA7001KI, Rhinelander and 701s I would very much like to have that sort of sound in a small and inconspicuous package to sit on a small table or in a small cabinet out of sight if thats at all possible.

Music is very varied - Pink Floyd to Sasha - but mostly will be along the lines of Rock and chilled vocals like Vangelis and Dead Can Dance.

 

Any help is very much appreciated as is advice on where else to ask if Im in the wrong place.

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SACD players are usually intended as high-end audiophile gear (other than the cheapie universal players), and hi-end audiophile gear tends towards the bulky side, rather than the compact. If I was in the market, I'd pick up a Marantz SA8003 or 8004 or KI-lite or similar, because they are highly regarded, and they do native DSD to analog (without going via PCM like many of the universal players). But I would not describe these machines as being particularly compact ... they have lovely copper chassis with all sorts of yummy bits inside.

 

And if I was buying a new or replacement machine, I certainly wouldn't waste my time on a CD player that can't play SACD ... that's 30 year old technology that does not take advantage of all the cool new hi-res SACD recordings which are a pleasure to hear the difference with, once you have a new machine. With SACD ... expect a clean, clear, warm, natural analog-style sound ... a bit like vinyl, but without the pops, crackles etc, and of course, with a fantastic dynamic range. But, mainly, I just enjoy the natural SACD sonic ... without the nasty digital edge of CD (given a decent high-res recording to start with).


Edited by rapunzel - 3/31/13 at 11:12am
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