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ebay dacs / headphone amps as good as/ better than pioneer pd91 ????? equivalent modern day dacs

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I love the pioneer pd91 this was one of the best CD players ever made. I had one many years ago and I have heard nothing since to match it in sound, it was better than vinyl and the detail and warmth that come from the midrange is incredible, it was as close to organic as ive ever heard.

I tried upgrading it once to then modern CD player such as marantz 67 ki sigs, myriad, rega planet and adding various dac etc but they sounded like cheap midi system cd players in comparison. I just prefer the convenience of mp3 / flac these days though but this CD player sounds exquisite in every way.

The PD 91 is still a good player but getting very long in the tooth now I wouldn't consider buying another now, can anyone give any advice of a modern DAC that will bring this sort of sound, as im only interested in playing from a PC these days. I now they were dual burr browns (16bit I think ) in this unit but what modern DAC chips can match or better this players sound, id be very interested to find out.

 

anyone any experince with the plethora of dac's / headphone amps available on ebay these days Would love to get that PD91 sound again or better if thats possible.

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I don't know exactly how your CD player sounded, but I think I have some idea what you're looking for. Out of the gear I have some experience with, I'm guessing you should like something based on  the PCM1704 (provided it is well implemented).

I have been quite impressed with the audio-gd Reference 5.32: it sounds natural, refined, spacious and detailed, without a hint of harshness. It would set you back close to 1000 bucks, but in reality all the really good DACs cost as much if not more.

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thanks for the info, thats not a make I have come across before would love to take a listen to it.
 

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