CD Transport just died, what can I use as a source for my old school DAC (Audiolab 8000DAX)
My Audiolab 8000CDM transport died this morning, I am now weighing up the options.
All my music collection is on CDs - I don't ever download music or put it on my computer. I was wondering if now was maybe the time to make such a move.
So my question is can I use my old school Audiolab 8000DAX for the DA conversion? If so what would I need to get/do? I really have no clue here as I've been happy using my CD player until now. My PC is a joke, I can barely use the internet on it, so that is probably no use.
I was thinking of getting something that I can put all my CDs on and use my DAC for the conversion. Sound quality is of the utmost importance here - can I just get say an ipod or something else cheap and connect that and expect the same level of quality as my original CD transport?
For reference, the inputs on the DAC are:
Three coaxial with BNC connectors, three Toslink optical and one balanced AES/EBU.
Perhaps due to the age of my kit I could get something (a whole CD player say) for not much that sounds better than my original transport/DAC combo - which was a pretty decent bit of kit 15 years ago.
Thanks for any advice.