It seems like you want someone else to make a choice for you. It doesn't quite work that way, because at the end of the day it is your ears that will determine what sounds good to you. Take for example the Nad C545EE which received a 5 star rating from WHF. If you read the users comments, some of them rate it as complete rubbish! Another example is the Cambridge 640 & 650 CD players. Some say they are far too bright, whilst to others it sounds clear and detailed. There is simply no one CD player or dac that sounds good to everybody and therefore becomes an automatic recommendation. You have to LISTEN to them yourself and make up your own mind. There simply is no other way.
What kind of sound do you like? If you already have a good knowledge of that - smooth, fatigue-free, punchy, detailed and analytical or bright, etc., then this should give you some indication of what you can shortlist.
Are the other sound formats on the Oppo of interest to you? SACD for instance? That might drive your shortlist decision making too.
As aforementioned in some cases and in absence of all other preferences:-
Musical Fidelity VDAC
NAD C545 BEE
Marantz SA7003 (CD/stereo SACD)
Cambridge DACMagic 2
Onkyo C-S5VL (CD/stereo SACD)
Harman/Kardon HD990 (£500, but hefty discounts out there, balanced outputs, good spec)
hell. I listen to all kind of music, but a little bit more classical and jazz. BUt I also listen a lot to led zeppelin, pink floyd.
I just like the sound to be really detailed and with good balance, things I canït really find on my system.
I think itïs mainly because of oppo, but maybe Im wrong. Thatïs why I donït know if its better to buy a new cd player (like marantz cd63) or if the dac choice will be perfect for the system.
My budget wil be around 300-400 pounds.
Thnak you very much
Why not try a very good mains cable? If that is an option i had very good results with the Wireworld Aurora on my amp and DAC, only this one, not much with other brands (maybe, only a supra on my DAC).
I have compared the DAC in my Yamaha AV, Dacmagic and the Xindak DAC 8. Differences where only subtle with DAC's in my experience.
For me this particular mains cable was a very good upgrade, it's design acts as a passive filter to.
In your position, and for a really detailed, musical sound I think you would need to get a new DAC like the DACMagic or Beresford and ideally a new 2 channel amp. Don't get me wrong the Arcam 350 is a musical AV amp, but they are still very different to a dedicated 2 channel amp. Go 2nd hand off Fleabay and if you don't like the 'improvement' then you can always sell on for a similar price.
So you recommend a new dac to use with oppo instead of buying a new cd player right? Because some people says that the arcam dac is pretty good and maybe there is not a big difference...
Assuming this, the biggest difference qould be on the cd player itself, correct?
Maybe Iïm wrong, please elucidate me..
You won't get really detailed with an ARCAM AV amp. Try a dedicated stereo amp (perhaps a second hand Cyrus 8vs2) to power your front speakers if you want really detailed.
I understand it. But I really canït pay that much for now.
Thatïs why Iïm asking if the option of buying a dac or buy a new cd player will get better results in my system.
If I buy a dac or a cd player I can get good ones for cheaper prices. The thing is that I dont know if the quality will be superior with one of these components.