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post #16 of 102
Sorry, Eric, I had no idea about this problem with trnasport supply. DVD transports, aye? That is a serious bummer. PErhaps check the buy/trade/sell sub-forum of harmonic discord to see if anyone might for some freak reason be selling theirs. My next recommendation might be the new Rega Planet CDP- supposed to be excellent. It think it sells for around 1k, too.
post #17 of 102
Dont waste your moolah get the 333es with the modwright mods....

I thin the Marantz 6000OSE or KI is quite good....

I own the Marantz while my buddy has the modded ES player.
post #18 of 102
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Originally posted by disturbed

I thin the Marantz 6000OSE or KI is quite good....
The Marantz 6000 OSE is a very well performing CDP, as long as you don't listen to a lot of computer-burned CD's; it seem to have trouble with those. It is a fact that the Marantz is not considered to be in the same class (as far as sound quality) as the nOrh CD1 or the Rega, but HIFI choice did give the CD6000 OSE a VERY, VERY good review and enjoyed it immensely. The modded 333ES is probably is probably similar in performance with the Rega and the CD1, however, I still think the Rega and CD1 have a slight edge over the 333ES. Lots of decisions . . .
post #19 of 102
I think at this point you'd better go and just audition, cause here's my opinion. I would definitely pick a Sony ES player any day of the week before ever stepping near another Rega player in my life.
post #20 of 102
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Originally posted by Vertigo-1
I think at this point you'd better go and just audition, cause here's my opinion. I would definitely pick a Sony ES player any day of the week before ever stepping near another Rega player in my life.
LOL....opinions, opinions.....well you know what they're like....

Personally, I still prefer the sound of redbook on my Rega Planet 2000 over the Sony SCD-C555ES. I wouldn't trade the Rega for anything I've heard in it's price range!

post #21 of 102
Thread Starter 
Incidentally, where would I get a 333ES? I can only find 222s...
post #22 of 102
I must have forgotten, for I remember hearing a while ago when I used to be at the Harmonic Discord forums that the 333ES had been discontinued. But these players you might be able to find on audiogon or a similar used online audio marketplace.
post #23 of 102
Thread Starter 
That's what I heard, too, it's just that so many people suggested the 333ES that I assumed there was an easy way to get it.
post #24 of 102
The 333s and 555s that appear at audiogon get snapped up pretty quick.
post #25 of 102
Speaking of which, I believe I've fundamentally hit the limits of my 9000ES. If I were to want to achieve even greater transparency without having to move around too much heavy gear, what would be the best thing to do for $2000...look into DACs which would be MUCH easier for me since I could keep the 9000ES, or sell the 9000ES and get another higher end one boxer like the Sony XA777ES?
post #26 of 102
Thread Starter 
Have you tried an ART DI/O?
post #27 of 102
No I have no tried it yet since there seems to be a bit of a hell to raise to get it to work properly. A key point is that I am not looking to smooth out the sound more...rather I just want to increase the resolution of my system. I know that there are more transparent things out there since I plainly heard it before in the Sony SCD-1, but I'm not going that far in price.
post #28 of 102
Thread Starter 
Okay, how about the Accuphase combo?

(how much does it cost anyway? And because it's a transport/DAC combo, can you use a regular CD transport and add SACD capability with a DAC?)
post #29 of 102
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Originally posted by eric343
(And because it's a transport/DAC combo, can you use a regular CD transport and add SACD capability with a DAC?)
Uh, no, SACD is a completely different format. Your transport needs to be able to read the data and provide it, as well.

Accuphase has the notorious distinction of being one of the only manufacturers of a two-piece machine for SACD, otherwise, for the most part, the data isn't provided, even by SACD machines.
post #30 of 102
The real problem for hardware manufacturers interested in producing a transport for SACD (as though anyone were interested...) is that there's no standard for the transmission of DSD data. It turns out that the Accuphase DP-75V (or is it the 85V?) can technically be considered a SACD transport but I'd bet that the only DAC that could read the information is the DP-101 (also made by Accuphase).

Right... now I not only confused everyone else but I myself am completely befuddled myself... time to get back to Tchaikovsky.
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