So, I am considering building a nice electrostatic setup and I am considering the CA Azur 840C as my source component. Are there any better alternatives to this CD player under 2000 USD? I am mostly interested in the quality of sound and not so much in the set of features (which the 840C has in abundance). I was thinking about using my current CD player, the NAD C542, as transport with the Stello DA2200 MkII as the DAC but then I realised I need the NAD in my dynamic rig.
The rest of the electrostatic rig will be comprised of a Kevin Gilmore Blue Hawaii and Stax SR-007 MkII headphones.
Thank you in advance for any recommendations and helpful comments.
I eventually chose the Benchmark DAC1 over the 840c, though it was a long and painful decision. On reflection, I don't regret it - both are wonderful sources but the DAC1 sounded a little brighter and more detailed to me with 650s.
The 840c is a brilliant reference player, very neutral but I prefer to sacrifice a little neutrality for a more involving sound. It sounds a little dry in comparison to the DAC1.
You don't mention where you're from, that will influence the cost of both units quite a lot. Personally, I got my DAC1 from thomann.de. You can find them for less but I prefer thomann as a retailer to some of the lesser known sites selling it in the UK.