Quest for a new CD player
I have recently been searching for a new CD player to replace my Rotel RCD1070 currently paired with Unison Research Unico amp and B&W N805 speakers (not the 'S' version). My quest has led me to do head to head comparisons between the following CD players:
Cambridge Audio 840C and 640C v2, Naim CD5i, Rega Apollo, Primare CD21 and CD31, and Cyrus CD6s.
Try as I might not to like the Cyrus, because of its least appealing aesthetics and ergonomics, and its rough and noisy CD tray, I found it to be the most impressive performer of the lot. Detail, transparency, bass definition/tightness and timing/rhythm were particularly impressive. But it wasn't detailed to the point of being clinical - it could also project the emotion of voices and the naturalness of instruments.
Frankly, the Cyrus' level of performance really surprised me, considering it's diminutive 3.1kg was going against players like the 840C (8.1kg) and the CD31 (10.5kg). It really proved that size doesn't matter!
Anyway, I was wondering if there were any other suggestions that I should also shortlist? I rather like the looks of the recently 5 Star rated Pioneer PD-D6 but I guess it's not in the same category as the Cyrus - Am I wrong to assume that?