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  I believe it is time to replace my very old cd player. The question is, with what. From what I have been reading it comes down to 3 choices. One, I can replace it with another good straight cd player. Second, I can replace it with a player that can play cd and sacd's but for a considerable increase in price. Third, I can replace it with one of the universal players such as the Oppo 105, which can play pretty much anything you throw at it, which seem to be all at around the $1200 mark give or take a bit.

  I guess the question is, are the supposedly higher def audio formats worth the extra money, or would I get more bang for the buck with maybe spending a bit more on a higher quality regular cd player. I would really like to keep the price below $800 if I can but obviously with the universal players that is going to mean either not getting one at all, or getting one of the cheapest I can find. The one advantage I do see to the universal players is that it appears a lot of them can be used as a high quality stand alone dac, as well as a source player and several even have built in headphone amps so you end up with pretty much a stand-alone system in one unit.

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  I believe it is time to replace my very old cd player. The question is, with what. From what I have been reading it comes down to 3 choices. One, I can replace it with another good straight cd player. Second, I can replace it with a player that can play cd and sacd's but for a considerable increase in price. Third, I can replace it with one of the universal players such as the Oppo 105, which can play pretty much anything you throw at it, which seem to be all at around the $1200 mark give or take a bit.

  I guess the question is, are the supposedly higher def audio formats worth the extra money, or would I get more bang for the buck with maybe spending a bit more on a higher quality regular cd player. I would really like to keep the price below $800 if I can but obviously with the universal players that is going to mean either not getting one at all, or getting one of the cheapest I can find. The one advantage I do see to the universal players is that it appears a lot of them can be used as a high quality stand alone dac, as well as a source player and several even have built in headphone amps so you end up with pretty much a stand-alone system in one unit.

*kicks op in the shins* 

 

Dang I'd love a CD player. My question though is why not maybe upgrade to a PC based system 

 

yeap let's ditch that, SA CD is un touchable.  Without a liscensed player

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Thanks that was just the sort of concise informative response I expected from these forums. Now I know exactly what to do, never come here again.

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Thanks that was just the sort of concise informative response I expected from these forums. Now I know exactly what to do, never come here again.

I agree that a smart-assed response is not really appropriate in this type of forum section. You're asking for help and then essentially someone makes fun of that - not cool, if the forum section is supposed to be for beginners.

 

That said, he has a point.  PC-based systems, with FLAC (lossless) files and a quality DAC, left the realm of CD players (even SACD) far behind.  There's simply no contest, economically - when quality is the measuring stick.  So in one way, he was trying to help prevent you from spending a unnecessarily gargantuan sum of money - albeit with an attitude.;)

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  I believe it is time to replace my very old CD player. The question is, with what. From what I have been reading it comes down to 3 choices. One, I can replace it with another good straight CD player. Second, I can replace it with a player that can play CD and SACD's but for a considerable increase in price. Third, I can replace it with one of the universal players such as the Oppo 105, which can play pretty much anything you throw at it, which seem to be all at around the $1200 mark give or take a bit.

  I guess the question is, are the supposedly higher def audio formats worth the extra money, or would I get more bang for the buck with maybe spending a bit more on a higher quality regular CD player. I would really like to keep the price below $800

Just burn all your audio CDs to FLAC and store the FLAC files on a hard drive.

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Thanks that was just the sort of concise informative response I expected from these forums. Now I know exactly what to do, never come here again.

I suppose I owe you an apology. No one , scratch that I was not making fun of you at all. I've wanted a SACD system my self for a long time. I was hoping you'd sense that I was jealous of you, having $800 or so to spend on a CD system is a place  I wish I was in honestly, so I apologize for sounding as if I was making fun of you 

 

and I did a little looking into PC based SACD systems and it seems the High Quality content is still...  harder to rip from the disk due to liscening. This was from a thread dated in 2011 though, so that said. Seeing as I don't have any useful information, I was merely commenting on my... jealousy of you. I suppose I was supporting your quest for a SACD based system, as I'd love to get one of those my self one day 

 

And if you have a large quality of CD's I'd imagine you'd want to keep that set up going, you may even enjoy Bule Ray based Audio, there are many users here who enjoy their music in DVD and CD Format 

 

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I agree that a smart-assed response is not really appropriate in this type of forum section. You're asking for help and then essentially someone makes fun of that - not cool, if the forum section is supposed to be for beginners.

 

That said, he has a point.  PC-based systems, with FLAC (lossless) files and a quality DAC, left the realm of CD players (even SACD) far behind.  There's simply no contest, economically - when quality is the measuring stick.  So in one way, he was trying to help prevent you from spending a unnecessarily gargantuan sum of money - albeit with an attitude.;)

In what way was I making fun of him? I guess the "kicks in shin" was not taken in a joking manner as I intended, so again I do apoliogize

 

Non the less, I was serious in what I said. IF you have CD's while I do agree PC based is more effiecent and may offer a better quality... there is still an appeal in my opinion to CD and DVD or Blue Ray based systems. A PC is very impersonal. I like the feel of having CDs. I like the... just the entire aspect and idealoly behind a Disc Based Audio system. I grew up with my own Step Father having a HUGE library of CD and DVD Audio, he had Headphones and Speakers, along with literally a RACK for all his amps and what not. A VERY cool system imo! Something he enjoyed talking about, and there was nothing as cool as the BIG library of music he had! Not to mention Hard Drives Fail... while CD IF you take care of them last longer In my opinion. Where as again, I would think a Hard Drive Failure or even a PC Virus would be more likely than losing all your Hard Copy CD's

 

So I was not making fun of oyu at all, and I would personally loved to have had the funds my self to aquire CD's and DVD based Audio over the years, PC just feels very impersonal not to mention there is the lack of lonjevity in my opinion. 

 

You might be able to look into a Blue Ray DVD Player for a PC based System, 

 

 

And again to every one who felt I was making fun of him... I do apologize! 

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