Ok, I am a fool, I'll admit it.
There are differences between the V-DAC MKII and my Marantz CD5000 and CD6000KI. But the funny thing is that this is more audible with (very) simple material. With complex orchestral works from the likes of Mahler or Bartok or busy over-produced pop the only difference I perceive is a tad more texture in the lows, in favour of the CD5000 (which was criticized at the time for the lack of bass in most magazines, which is funny), the CD6000KI and the V-DAC are similar, not to say identical, maybe the CD6000KI has more bass bloom.
But with simple material, like the slow movements of Bach's Brandenburg concertos, where only a violin, recorder and clavecin play the V-DAC has the edge over the CD5000 and CD6000KI in that the sound has more body (weight) and warmth, and is softer overall. Especially the CD5000 sounds more delicate, you could say 'cleaner', or 'empty' in comparison. With very good recordings the CD5000 can have the edge because the bass is more textured, but overall the V-DAC has the better sound, in my opinion.
So there you have it. I may be imagining all this, but who cares?
if you are a fool, you are not on your own.........count me in.
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Straight to the bottom of the page, you must be mutt and jeff.
I have 2 Audio Analogue CDP in the rack, Rossini VT REV 2, and a Maestro, the first of the big box Maestro.(2001)
The Maestro uses a Philips VAM / VAL1250 loader, laser.
Spares are non existant, Philips stopped producing lasers. Before any one starts, yes you can buy VAM1250 lasers on E Bay, there carp, cheap knock offs and they dont work. You have to use an original VAM 1250
OK. I had to replace the laser in the Maestro and the only way to replace was to find a suitable doner machine.
Marantz DR4050, twin deck recorder from about 2003, about £350 when new, the Maestro in 2001 was aprox £1800.
Deck one uses a Vam 1250, whats in the Marantz is in the Maestro, same laser, loader, it,s all stock Philips.
Sound the same, right, no they dont, down to DACS, power supply ,components, even the other half can spot the difference, the Maestro is on another planet compared to the Marantz.
Two such different sounding digital sources are either specifically designed to sound so, or are compromised by design or defect. There really should not be any major audible difference between digital sources.
The clue is in the name of the hobby, 'hi-fi' for high fidelity, at least one of your CD players is most certainly not if it sounds so different from the other.
Not quite as black and white as that imo. There are degrees of fidelity to the recording (apply the same logic to speakers) and also tonal character is not inconsistent with high degree of fidelity.
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