Haven't heard the Moon, but the CD5 certainly is a quality CDP. However, for the money, if buying new, you must try the EMC1UP.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
I agree with Mac , if you a looking for Cd players at this level you should add the the Electrocompaniet EMC1 UP to your list , it is one of the best IMO .
Here is an interesting review .
Electrocompaniet EMC1UP Cd player , EC 4.7 pre , AW120 DMB power amp , PMC PB1i speakers . Isotek Titan / Nova , Nordost SPM speaker cable , Kimber KCAG balanced interconnects .
Linn LP12 Lingo , Ittok lv3 , Lyra Lydian , EAR834P .
"Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." Albert Einstein .
For that budget you can also pick up a Meridian 808.4, not sure about the new 5
Thats definately worth demoing.
Meridian G61R, HD621, Bryston 9BSST
Optimised Audio PC - J River / JPlay / Custom Full Linear Power Supply
Panasonic 65VT65, Marantz UD7007, HIFi Racks Podium Reference
Monitor Audio GX100, GXC150, Apex A10, BK XLS400 (set with hard knee house curve)
JCAT USB and Sata, Graham Slee Spatia (SC) Graham Slee Lautus Digial / Analogue IC x 9
I've heard the AR and Electro CDPs in the past and they are top notch. My only question woud be whether upmarket CD players really have a place any more. E.g. the CD5 is £5500.
Mine was pretty good in its day and is hard to beat even now, but I'd never spend that sort of money again when ripping and streaming seems to be the way forward. However, if I was determined to get a CD player in that region, I'd look at the Copland too, as well at the latest Krell.
It depends on lot on your partnering gear too...
Hi-Fi: Krell KAV-300cd, Michell TecnoDec/RB250/Grado Prestige Black1, KAV-300i amp, Transparent balanced interconnects and bi-wire to Sonus faber Concerto grand piano speakers, Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Hitachi FT-5500 and Sony S570ES tuners, BCD Engineering stand, RA Powerlink, Chord powerchord, Grado SR60i cans.
AV: Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 telly, BDP-S370 player with QED HDMI. Currently unused: Denon AVR-1705, DVD-1710, KEF KHT1005.2
Smak, if you're still interested
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