Favorite CD transports

Thermionics

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I found the top-loading "like a record!" mechanism on my McCormack SST transport to be an awesome feature. I just liked using it. It died one of those magical death-on-the-shelf-for-no-reason deaths and the somewhat incompetent tech I took it to couldn't fix it, but I'd buy another if I found one, despite the one I had dying in my possession. The top-loading Sony is also intriguing.

On the McCormack you slid a door open, put the CD on, placed a stabilizer on top of it, then slid the door shut. It was just convoluted enough to focus me, snap me out of whatever was worrying me in life, and settle into the music. The exact opposite of me scrolling mindlessly through one of my streaming services.

Other than the original Marantz CD-63, I wonder if anyone ever made a top-loader using the Philips CDM-series swing-arm? Now that would be interesting...
 

MikeyFresh

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anyone have experience with how micromega players sound?
I thought they were nothing shy of excellent sounding back in the 90s, my local dealer had that line.

The seperate transport/DAC combo was superb, and the Stage series CD players were also quite nice. Not the last word in battleship chassis, fancy face plates, or overall build quality, but they sounded great at a time when a lot of digital simply didn't. The Stage series CD players were not top loaders however, and they used a much cheaper Malaysian made Philips mechanism.
 

MWalt

Active Member
So our illustrious and charismatic member @MWalt spoke with me Tuesday before the storm hit my area. He gave a rave review on the Audiolab 6000 CDT (but then again I’ve heard nothing but praise for this unit) and the Chord Chordette DAC (again- has anyone disliked any Chord DAC?). Mark knows his stuff so I’m sure both units are excellent. Next, I need to convince him to buy a Border Patrol DAC and see what he thinks of that (I like spending Mark’s money).

Mark did ask me what I was running and that made me think I wasn’t as clear as I could have been on what I run. Mind you I run three systems. For transports it’s a Rotel RCD-1072, a Rega Apollo-R, and a Teac PD-H600. DACs are a vintage EAD DSP-1000, a Rega DAC, and a Teac UA-501.

The Teac DAC and Teac CDP are really well done. Stellar sound and build quality on both. In full disclosure, I prefer using the CDP with a DAC, but the CDP sound is clear, clean, incisive. I just prefer the later Teac DAC and Rega DAC (and older EAD) for their sound signature within my system.View attachment 41199View attachment 41200


Paul is a wealth of information in all things. He (the great bearded one) is my go to guy when it comes to anything audio. He also has great gear as well! So yeah, I would love to pick up a Border Patrol DAC, but my focus right now is finding just the right amp for my Magnepan's.

That Teac UA-501 looks interesting. Care to share more on that?

He is now attempting to talk me through the process of rewiring a tonearm. Let's all pray for him.
 
Paul is a wealth of information in all things. He (the great bearded one) is my go to guy when it comes to anything audio. He also has great gear as well! So yeah, I would love to pick up a Border Patrol DAC, but my focus right now is finding just the right amp for my Magnepan's.

That Teac UA-501 looks interesting. Care to share more on that?

He is now attempting to talk me through the process of rewiring a tonearm. Let's all pray for him.
Re: the ToneArm. You still owe me a few pictures you know!

If you feel your soldering skills are up to par that ToneArm shouldn’t be a hassle. And glad to help if you get in a pinch.

The UD-501….

I’m really glad I picked it up. They sell for a lot on the used market these days, and are quite popular in Japan. The replacement model is the UD-503 and uses a different chipset- from all accounts, it’s different but I haven’t felt it to be better.

The built-in headphone amp is pretty potent- it doesn’t seem to really falter in any way. The back has a host of options- coaxial, optical and rca and balanced outs. There’s an impressive and healthy assortment of filter options, and a bunch of other interface settings including display-on/dim/off and things like the ability to have the output off or on when using headphones. Not as rich or analog-emulating as the Rega DAC, more open, clear, clean without getting hard or brash. Silly analogy- the Teac a crisp refreshing Perrier water with a touch of a citrusy twist, the Rega an iced mocha extra sugar.
 
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