if you want a top grade transport cyrus will convert your cd8se to a xtse 2 or whatever they call it these days for a few quid. now i guess if you think thats value for money and you have plans to improve the rest of your set up its gonna be hard to beat. add a psxr if your not using one already and its a top notch transport.
This is indeed one of the options I am considering. In fact it's probably as far as I've got so far, so I could reask the question as "what would better the XT SE 2" for the same money or thereabouts"?
Re your question "what would better the XT SE 2" for the same money or thereabouts"?
Answer = not a lot. At least not without spending a lot more.
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Ignore the moronic comments about just 1's and 0's so it doesn't matter; they have no qualifications to give good advice.
Nor, it would seem, do you.
Signed, A. Moron.
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Thank you for your constructive comments. You are right, I do not want a DVD player or one of those blue things. I want a top quality CD transport for playing CDs. Suggesting I replace the CD 8 SE with a £100 multiplayer is quite simply ridiculous and I doubt it's Hi Fi either.
Not quite, it can be very hifi, but as I mentioned, the Sony transport can be (or was on mine) noisy in operation. That aside, performance was excellent and sound quality on its own very good. For a transport only, just use, as others have suggested, your Cyrus 8SE and put on a new DAC.
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You can read computer audiophile who explains all about transporting data. The same issues that affect cd affect all source data.
sometimes having the dac next to the transport provides better cd quality. The naim reference CD player takes this approach, separating the power supply which can do more damage to the data. I think the Plinius Cd101 is the bargain of the century at second hand prices. Chord have seperate transport and dac but requires two cables to transport the data such is the scale of the task.
hmmmm. It would seem the university has duped me out my money. Thanks for the good advice.
Just because it is digital, it does not follow that they will all be the same. As an easy example, digital photos are a series of 1s and 0s but they don't all look the same. far from it.
This is the most childish post so far tonight I feel.
I have Cyrus and Spendor too Ifor and personally I would look at the upgrade keeping with Cyrus if you are wanting to spend your money.
Good luck be interesting to see how you go.
the night is young, and two things are garaunteed to stir it up are data and cables.
the photo example is not bad and think what the poster meant is that two identical screens showing the same photo from different computer from a cd, will show different pictures. The question is if you notice the difference. Many hear the difference in hifi and the OP probably has and wants this improved fidelity specifically from CD.
And my opinion is that the comment is moronic, but the person seems to think he's the moron?
Yes depends how far you want to go, maybe he could replace all his cds with sacds. I feel that money is better spent elsewhere.
Yes we kind of got that. Maybe , just maybe you could appreciate that someone would like to do something different to you.
He'd be lucky and you do need to respect that we all have different reasons for buying products other may not understand or even agree with. I have four disc spinners just now - a PS3, a Panasonic BDT110, and the Denon and Marantz players listed below in my signature. Would I have just the Panny or the PS3? Nope. I like a dedicated player that looks good. I'd no more go for a slimline entry level DVD player as my main source as I'd sit on my head on my sofa all night. My requirements are different than the "stick in any old DVD player and use that". Sometimes you can get a little too much of the AVI Forum's Kool Aid.
For me, it's not the choice that is wrong, it's the reason for those choices, hence why the advice given in the main, is don't go spending any more than you have to and you don't really have to.
Of course the OP can do whatever he likes with his money, but it's better for him to be aware of what he will be buying. Satisfaction maybe, but better quality of sound, quite probably not.
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Hello ifor - lots of good advice here so you've plenty of options to consider.
My own experience is that a decent two-box player can sound better than a single box but this is not always the case so you'll have to listen first to decide for yourself. I have no technical credentials for saying so and am completely in dark when it comes to discussion of jitter, sampling rates, timing differences etc. But I have listened to many systems and have found that sometimes, higher price doesn't translate to higher sound quality.
At the price you're looking at, I would also consider the Musical Fidelity transport at £1,000.
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