Any budget marantz amp or CD player. My motive 2's, although not cheap i was willing to spend more if required but they stood out on that demo day.
I'd agree wholeheartedly. I think Denon and Marantz products are very hard to beat in terms of value for money/performance per pound.
Rega RP3/Elys2 - Marantz CD63SE - Exposure 1010 - Dynaudio DM2/6
PC/Qobuz Hi-Fi - NAD C521BEE - Musical Fidelity V90HPA - Sennheiser HD595/Beyer Dynamic DT770PRO
CEC CD3800 and AMP3800
Desk-Fi: Mac Mini - NuForce Icon HDP - Fostex PM0.4n - Audio Technica ATH900x - Sennnheiser HD595 - Grado SR80i
Bedroom system: Esoteric RZ-1 - PMC DB1i / iPod Classic - Onkyo NDS1000 - Firestone Audio FUBAR IV
Onkyo's network amps, esp the TX8050 and the stunning TX-NR818. Comfortably blew the notion that "AV amps don't do music" out the water and into next week.
Do you think the TX-NR818 is also good VFM when used as dac in combination with a cd player?
Naim UnitiLite - Chord Carnival SilverScreen - B&W 685 S2
No CD players?
Mmmmm... If pushed I'd say the Marantz CD6004 and Denon DCD720AE. Above that the law of diminishing returns cuts in very quickly with CD players IMO.
Interesting statement with which i have to agree according to my latest experience with cd players.
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