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  1. howiebrou

    McIntosh flagship SACD/CD/Headphone amp player

    Quote: Originally Posted by vcoheda $6500 is actually very reasonable for a flagshop model. i've heard plenty of mcintosh gear, but never one of their cd players. Actually their flagship cdp is a two box affair which costs 17k!
  2. howiebrou

    sonus faber guarneri memento

    I have had the Mementos since Jan 07. Lovely speakers! A couple of pictures of their original setup; and their current set up after moving.
  3. howiebrou

    Goldmund V.S. Pioneer !!??

    Quote: Originally Posted by morphsci Please answer my question, who on this thread has heard the Goldmund and Pioneer? I have. The Goldmund sounds much better. No, I don't want to defend its innards but I heard these way before this was an issue and they sound like players...
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    Goldmund V.S. Pioneer !!??

    An interesting take on Goldmund YouTube - Ultimate Home Theater: 13,000 Watts, 130dB, $1 Million Price
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    Hotel sound system

    How about a Hard drive connected to a Sonos System?
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    New Esoteric P-05/D-05

    The P-01 VRDS is unique to the P-01. Even the P-03 and X-01 use a different less robust but still pretty brutal version. The DCS one is not the top VRDS version either. The P-05 is even lower down the tree than the P-03 X-01 versions and Wadia does not use VRDS anymore. They have...
  7. howiebrou

    Meridian 808i owners

    Welly, I heard the 808 was being replaced / upgraded in December 07. That is what my dealer told me as he knows I have been looking at it for a while. He told me to wait. Do you know anything about this?? howie
  8. howiebrou

    best universal player WITHOUT video

    Ayre 5-XE, Esoteric P-03 / D-03 Universal with video turned off, Mcintosh MVP 871.....
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    New Esoteric P-05/D-05

    I heard the P05 and D05 a few months ago at a dealer and A/B it with a X-01 unlimited. Same detailed and analytical esoteric sound signature. You get a lot of box for your money there. The transport didn't seem as robust or high quality in the P05 if I remember correctly. Not sure about the...
  10. howiebrou

    Which balanced CDP should I get?

    Quote: Originally Posted by vcoheda that thread is 15 pages long; a lot of it repetitive. which posts do you want me to look at. Apologies. Rather than pick particular views I think it would be more fair to let us all make our own decision about this player. I did not have very...
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    Chord Blu+DAC64 or Wadia 581i?

    Don't forget Chord's newest Red Standard CDP or Red Reference CDP. BOth have digital inputs to use the Dac. Standard is a little more than the Blu/Dac64 combo but reference is a lot more. IMHO both all three are beaten by the Meridian 808 (i) which is about the same price as the red standard...
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    CD players with Digital inputs?

    Not sure about the prices of these but I have also been looking at CDPs with digital inputs to serve a dual function. Ones I have come across so far include Accuphase Dp500, DP78, Wadia 581i, Linderman 820 / 820S, Meridian 808i, Chord Red Standard CDP. Chord Red Reference CDP, Burmester 061/001...
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    If I already have an awesome DAC, can I get away with a less expensive universal CDP?

    Quote: Originally Posted by tourmaline It's protected digitally. It is only allowed to playback analogue, hence the 2 or 6 analogue outputs on most sacd players. The signal will be downsampled to pcm stereo. But if i am not mistaken there are a couple of sacd dacs around somewhere. I...
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    Audio CD-R blancs

    Wow, so many different brands. I have some Imation "music" Cd-Rs. Can I assume that since they were not mentioned they are, in fact, the dog's a-hole? howie
  15. howiebrou

    Reasonably priced SACD-only player?

    Quote: Originally Posted by earwicker7 I guess I'm saying I just spent $5,000 on a CD player I love, which I'm not getting rid of. And I'm not paying $5,000 just to listen to SACDs. I figured that maybe stuff that only played SACD might be a little cheaper than universal players. Plus...
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    Anyone using Grado Cartridge with SME V arm?

    Guys I have a Grado Master reference cartridge for my newly aquired demo avid acutus turntable and now need a tonearm. I was intending to get a SME V arm but have heard compatibility problems (compliance, weight etc) all of which I don't really understand. I found a resonance calculator on...
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    Quest for the Best - High End CD Player

    A very interesting read! Thanks.
  18. howiebrou

    Squeezebox/Transporter question

    Quote: Originally Posted by immtbiker howiebrou, I spoke to the Slim Devices representative at the National and he said, in reality, you should only expect about 50' of range...not normal wi-fi range. The Transporter, with it's 2 external antennas can probably double the range...
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    Quest for the Best - High End CD Player

    Quote: Originally Posted by neilvg Wow Howiebrou, that is great info. Have you heard about the APL Hifi NWO 2.5t modified (gutted) Esoteric UX-1 CD-Player? I have yet to hear anything as good although the MBL 1621/1611 and the Meitner SE comes close. Oh... and welcome to headfi...
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    Quest for the Best - High End CD Player

    I thought I would copy this post from the AK forum which I posted before as it might be relevant to this thread: I have been busily auditioning several brands of CD players since the demise and return of my very nice sounding MCD201 to my Mc dealer. I am keeping a very open mind on all...
  21. howiebrou

    Quest for the Best - High End CD Player

    Quote: Originally Posted by tmarshl Does anybody know if the EMM Labs CDSA SE is available with a black faceplate? Black faceplates: 1. Meridian 808 2. MBL (well, black and gold) 3. Metronome CD5 / T2i 4. Audio Research Ref CD7 5. Mcintosh MCD/MDA 6. Krell 7. Mark...
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    Quest for the Best - High End CD Player

    Quote: Originally Posted by tmarshl Funny you should mention that. For the last two years I have been running the digital coax output from my MS300 through an MDA 1000 DAC. I used FLAC for recording my 600 CDs. I would say this setup is great for casual listening, incredibly convenient...
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