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Okay, the only way I can shake myself out of boring complacency, and get this 'new leaf' rolling is to ditch the Arcam CDP.

I've been looking at the more expensive end of Bluray players, and kill two birds with one stone. Seen a few good deals recently, especially with Marantz stuff.

I've not seen or heard any Blurays, but the replacement needs to be at least on par with the Arcam. So given my set-up which Bluray player is the best or better at CD repro?

 

*I know this should go into the Bluray section, but as I'm most concerned about musical qualities, I've dumped it hear.*

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There is only one bdp with fantastic audio to save for, for me,the oppo95/105.

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By the way PP did they sort your leak out ok?

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For Blu-ray audio, the same caveats apply as per SACD or hi-res downloads; it's in the quality of the mastering.  The Led Zep BR only disc is excellent however and the sound from my Panasonic BDT110 is excellent, CD replay is good too on the occasions I've tried it out.  

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GSB wrote:

By the way PP did they sort your leak out ok?

Everytime this is mentioned I grow horns.  |(

Ecuse after excuse....

Thanks for asking.

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the record spot wrote:

For Blu-ray audio, the same caveats apply as per SACD or hi-res downloads; it's in the quality of the mastering.  The Led Zep BR only disc is excellent however and the sound from my Panasonic BDT110 is excellent, CD replay is good too on the occasions I've tried it out.  

Cheers, RS. I think this will be the barrier with most formats. My current Sony DVD-R is fine at playing CDs, but not the level of the Arcam. It won't be the main source as I'm biting the bullet and going streaming route, however, given there's about a thousand cds in my collection I need to do them justice. 

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Yep, know what you mean PP.  Of course, if it's going through a separate DAC, then that mitigates it somewhat, but I like a player to have some individuality about it - you don't get that with the BR players in the sub-£500 bracket I think.  

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Hi...

I can vouch for the cd playback quality, great flexibilty and ease of use of  the Oppo bdp105, as an owner... 

However you may find something like the Cambridge audio bd751 more in line with your current CD73T?

http://www.froogle.richersounds.com/product/blu-ray/cambridge-audio/azur-751bd/camb-751bd-blk

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plastic penguin wrote:
however, given there's about a thousand cds in my collection I need to do them justice. 

Rip them to lossless and play them through the streamer then.

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I'm going to put the Arcam on Gum Tree and see what I get for it. I'm hoping to achieve in the region of £200 +, given I've owned it from new and is, cosmetically, in fantastic condition. Still works faultlessly; have the original box and approx six month old remote which I purchased from Unilet.

I'll give it go and see where it takes me.

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The_Lhc wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:
however, given there's about a thousand cds in my collection I need to do them justice. 

Rip them to lossless and play them through the streamer then.

....and I know just the Streamer :shifty: ......... :silenced:

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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CnoEvil wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:
however, given there's about a thousand cds in my collection I need to do them justice. 

Rip them to lossless and play them through the streamer then.

....and I know just the Streamer :shifty: ......... :silenced:

Why do you think I'm kickin' the Arcam into touch?

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plastic penguin wrote:
Why do you think I'm kickin' the Arcam into touch?

Because you've explained that you are going to sell it...

plastic penguin wrote:
I'm going to put the Arcam on Gum Tree and see what I get for it.

...and because it's in your OP...

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Okay, the only way I can shake myself out of boring complacency, and get this 'new leaf' rolling is to ditch the Arcam CDP.

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What I may do is buy a rDac and connect that to the DVD, rather than a Blu-ray. It plays to decent levels so a dac should pep it up nicely. It's certainly a viable option.

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I agree with the others about the Oppo, had very good reviews + the high quality of their DAC chipset gives great comfort - ESS Sabre 32.

Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD

http://www.whathifi.com/review/cambridge-audio-azur-751bd

I know you mentioned Marantz already and I'd agree - it's the one Blu Ray player that's stood out in the last few years as having been commented on for it's audio abilities.

http://www.whathifi.com/review/marantz-ud7007

http://www.whathifi.com/review/ud7006

 

 

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miggyboys wrote:

I agree with the others about the Oppo, had very good reviews + the high quality of their DAC chipset gives great comfort - ESS Sabre 32.

Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD

http://www.whathifi.com/review/cambridge-audio-azur-751bd

I know you mentioned Marantz already and I'd agree - it's the one Blu Ray player that's stood out in the last few years as having been commented on for it's audio abilities.

http://www.whathifi.com/review/marantz-ud7007

http://www.whathifi.com/review/ud7006

 

 

Thanks MBs, I've heard a lot of good feedback about the Oppos. Unfortunately I'm a bit of a "stick in the mud", and the thought of buying something unfamiliar gives me a nose bleed. Moreover, I love Marantz musicality on amps, CDPs and tuners, so wondering (hoping is more accurate) whether the Blu-rays replicates their other components, especially tonally. This is the main reason I've not considered Cambridge: Not over keen on their presentation, and the 651 or newer model, allied to the Leema and MAs could render the overall sound too bright.

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