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Can a good new univeral player compete with an old high end universal player for playing cd's?

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I am wondering if I should replace my Denon DVD-A1XV for a good universal blu ray player like the Denon 3313, the Marantz 7007 or the new Cambridge, or hang on to my old trusted and beautiful 19Kg Denon for cd play back and just buy a cheaper blu ray player for watching dvd's and blu ray's. The Denon is connected to my Onkyo TXNR5010 through coax and I can not imagine that any of the universal players can produce a better sound than the Denon DVD-A1XV. Another option is to go for a high end universal player like he Primare bd-32 for achieving te best of both worlds. I am very interested in your opinions on this matter.

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Lozzi wrote:
I am wondering if I should replace my Denon DVD-A1XV for a good universal blu ray player like the Denon 3313, the Marantz 7007 or the new Cambridge, or hang on to my old trusted and beautiful 19Kg Denon for cd play back and just buy a cheaper blu ray player for watching dvd's and blu ray's. The Denon is connected to my Onkyo TXNR5010 through coax and I can not imagine that any of the universal players can produce a better sound than the Denon DVD-A1XV. Another option is to go for a high end universal player like he Primare bd-32 for achieving te best of both worlds. I am very interested in your opinions on this matter.

Hi Lozzi, welcome to the forum.

I cannot speak about the sound quality of your Denon as I've never heard one.

I feel a new universal player will beat an old player certainly. I have just bought an Oppo 105EU specifically for this reason.

The sound quality is better than my old Marantz SA15S1 and the video quality is better than my Sony BDP S790 blu-ray player.

I notice you mention the Primare BD32, which is basically a reworked Oppo 95, but this to my mind is much to expensive for what it is.

Suggest you to audition an Oppo 105EU at your earliest opportunity, I don't think you will regret it! Smile

 

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Thanks for your input Alears. I will certainly have a listen to some players. When it turns out that cd-sound is not what I am used to now I will go for a good blu ray player and use the Denon for cd-music. When this is the case there is no reason to go for an Oppo 105 and I can go for the 103 instead but I think I will then go for te Denon dbt3313 as it matches my setup better than the Oppo (evrything is silver or premium silver). But if the sound of the Oppo 105 is indeed better it will be a serious contender for replacing the Denon DVD-A1XV.

I find it hard to believe though that the sound quality of a new €1000,- player is better than that of a €4000,- player from 7 years ago, but you are right and I will have to listen for myself to find out Laughing.

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Bluray player + DAC for playing cds

We have a Sony BDP-590 that is connected to the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic. To our ears it works really well as a CD transport. But most of our CDs are ripped to ALAC and we play them from the computer through an Airport Express.

My recommendation would be to get a Bluray player and a DAC.

We don't have a multichannel system, just plain old stereo.

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RE: Can a good new univeral player..

Lozzi wrote:

I find it hard to believe though that the sound quality of a new €1000,- player is better than that of a €4000,- player from 7 years ago, but you are right and I will have to listen for myself to find out Laughing.

The price of electronic components have fallen drastically over the past few years, and it's not unreasonable to expect a superior product for a quarter of the price today.

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£4k for a DVD player, holy EDITED  Shock

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