Have you considered the Pioneer PD10, PD30 or PD50? Each one can play SACD and I think the PD10 can be had for under £200...
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Thanks to all for the very helpful replies. I have decided against a universal player as not surprisingly (and as an admitted very general comment) they don't all seem to play CD/SACDs as easily as a CD player - they seem to be issues on start up times, noise, display or even selection of whether the disk is a CD or SACD.So I come back to the Sony XE800 or the Pioneer PD10 (both at £170). The latter can deal with USB/IPhone input which is a bonus. I have seen no reviews of the Pioneer but a few positive ones for the Sony including this rather technical discussion which I understand about half of it!http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/vt.mpl?f=hirez&m=274323Maybe I will toss a coin ...,..
Could be OK but why not just buy hybrid sacds, they are more avaiable and cheaper and you can play them on any cd player.
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Hybrid SACDs contain two layers - a native DSD layer, and a PCM layer. A normal CD player will just play the PCM layer, bringing no SACD benefits.
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I see thanks for that, but at least you get the remastering benefit? Many say you can't hear the difference unless you play them really loud.
Not sure of the quality of a £170 sacd player, in fact you can get one for about £150 online, just wondering how much money is left after the sacd part for the dac/transport etc. Would be an intersting test between the sacd player v Marantz 6004 and one of the blu-ray dvd players.
Last time I checked the Sony SCD-XE800 was quite hard to come by, many shops only had 1 left or were out of stock.
In the future you could always use the cheap SACD player for transport duties only, and get a decent DAC to play it through.
Thanks again for the helpful comments. I have ordered the Sony XE800 for £140 from Amazon, based on the positive reviews for both CD & SACD palyback and the fact I could find no reviews, good or bad for the Pioneer.
It's only an entry only system but I am looking forward to it.
I will post a review of Marannt SE52 Vs the Sony XE800 playing Close to the Edge by YES normal CD and the new SACD respectively when both arrive.
Which version of Close to the Edge is it? The Bill Inglot remaster with the additional tracks, the previous remaster (I think by Joe Gastwirt which is also pretty good) or one of the Barry Diament masters - my version is the one made in Japan for the US market and is the Diament master. The new version is the Audio Fidelity by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman, so I'll be interested to hear how that goes.
If you have the Yes Album, Starship Trooper is the standout track to go for. The deep bass at the start of the track is a winner.
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I am about to order the Audio Fidelity version. Will post whenever I get to hear it.
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I have the the Rhino remastered version, which i think is the Bill Inglot one, and the more recent SHM editions and then saw the newSACD edition that has just been remastered by Audio Fidelity. It is on the back of this release that I have purchased the Sony - making the CD effectively a £170 spend !!!
But CTTE is my favourite CD of all time from my favourite band of all time.
To digress for a second, it was when I was flying home to Aftica in the School holidays in the early 70s that courtesy of my elder brother , I listened to CTTE playing over & over on the Plane's audio system on the 8 hour flight and my love of Yes started. The rest is history ...
I do indeed. It's one of their great songs and a good one to hear the difference between the two CD players. I just hope that the Sony sounds beter that than my 20 year old Marantz. If not i will be a little cheesed off and my folly over buying a new SACD player will have been complete.
Where are you ordering that from? Is that the same as the MoFi one? If ordering from the USA how much is the postage and any tax to pay?
Both the SACD player & CTTE are from Amazon UK. I can't help you as regards postage but I think you can go online & check
Sorry my question was about the Yes Album.
Nope, not MoFi, this is Audio Fidelity, same sort of idea, but different company. MoFi do have SACDs too and those ones are generally expensive through the resellers. The latest Audio Fidelity releases also include Rush Counterparts, but to be honest, if you don't want to spend the cash, get the Matsushita Close To The Edge they did for Atlantic. This is the Diament master I referred to earlier. Pop over to the Hoffman forum and you'll get the info on there. I got mine for pennies off Ebay I think and it's excellent.
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