- Jan 14, 2002
I have been looking at upgrading my crappy source. Here are my options that I have decided on. The Cary CD303, The Pioneer Elite DV-47A, and the Acram CD 92. I thought I might want to kill two birds with one stone and get the Pioneer Elite DV-47A. One advantage is that is plays all formats, but one disadavantage, at least this is what I'm told by the store salesperson anyway, is that the Poineer compromises sound quality because there is to much in it. In others words it does everything good, but not great. He said if sound is what I wanted, a dedicated cd player would be better. I auditioned the Cary and was VERY impressed! However, it cannot play SACD or DVD-A. I do not own any SACDs but I find it hard to beleive that SACD could sound that much better than redbook cds out of the Cary. The 3rd option is the Acram CD 92. This is a nice player. The advantage here is that I could save some money and get other stuff. The disadvantage is that it does not sound as good as the Cary. I would not mind if some one could twist my arm one way or another with good reasons why. One more thing, What does HDCD stand for? Thanks in advance for any replies.