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  1. Well i heard the nagra cd player about 6 years back and disliked the sound. But have not heard the new cd players that nagra just released recently. Have not heard the new audio research cd 9se either - Note CD player is very susceptible to power conditioning and vibration - minimize or eliminate those two artifacts and you get sweet clean musical sound ... But here is a excerpt from just released article in hifi - Perhaps one of the more interesting developments we have seen in the world of audio in recent years is the rise in the availability of high-resolution recordings, together with the equipment necessary to play these files. The origins of this development lie in the dissatisfaction, among some, with the quality of sound coming from Compact Disc. To be fair, much of this criticism came from the fact that, in the early days of CD, every record label rushed to reissue their analogue catalogue on the new medium with little thought of audio quality. It was deemed sufficient to have pop and click free sound. Consequently, the promise of CD was not really exploited until much further down the line. The fact is, CDs can sound absolutely wonderful with a top quality recording and attention paid to mastering and production. However, in many aspiring audiophile minds, the damage had been done and CDs became the villain
  2. ANY ONE HEARD TAPES? Its also analog and will blow away digital any day :-). I enjoy listening to my music on both mediums LP and CD. If anyone wondering about why CD - because CD transport have made a huge leap in sound quality.
  3. Rajiv you knocked it out of the park. This is an excellent review and kept me engaged from beginning to end like a suspense novel 👍🏻 now I have the Rossini in my bucket list too
  4. I tried the cobalt and it’s very good for price but thin sounding compared to my Hugo ... but I guess not a fair comparison. I would be curious how it compares to the McIntosh ..
  5. Masters in electric engineering and a software engineer by profession with years of listening. Further, reading tons of reviews and attending audio shows. Finally, just listening...
  6. Tape , turntable and CD players are designed to play music unlike computer with hard drives and memory chips. For example, at one time the manufacturers made us believe that if we cache the data, then we can achieve bit perfect source. Caching data is still a storage and at it’s core, not optimized to deliver data in 44.1x frequency like CD players and Sacd at 88. Cache is a quick way to retrieve bit data, but music data to DAC needs to be delivered at precisely 44.1x not faster or slower. Hence, streaming and file based will never be as good as all the other sources at the same cost. Just like vinyl made a come back ... CD players are and will come back as a niche high end format . Consider this - Tapes to vinyl to cd/sacd to file based to streaming... there is a pattern and that is... quality is degrading and convenience/mass reproduction/format pricing is improving.
  7. Can you share your analog and digital equipment and cost? i have built both systems twice for the same cost. Vinyl had always been better with music from 1950s - 1980s. With today’s music I would say it’s a toss up... they both are good in different ways
  8. Thank you for this comment. I have been stating the same fact for years
  9. Good to hear CD/SACD player are still a top performing medium. Companies still continue to make CD/SACD transports because they realized the old CD players performed poorly because the DACs were poor. Now the engineers are slowly realizing that a solid CD/SACD transport and DAC are formidable sources.
  10. This is one the best reviews i have read. It's very detailed and love the comparisons. I think reviewers that shy away from comparisons are truly are not reviewing a product for their subscribers but doing it for the manufacturers. In this review you did an excellent job comparing and noting the best in each component. I wish other reviewers can take note - comparing does not mean one is better than other, but one is different from other, and we all as audiophiles have different tastes.
  11. Great article - You got to pay to play - the more you pay the more fun it is playing....that's life and everything else is just noise
  12. I would recommend to compare the new Hegel mohican CD player $5k.. Add a $1200 power cord and $500 isolation feet. Burn all discs on ultra disc gold CDs and watch the music unwind like a sweet vinyl sound with great dynamics. I am reveling a secret sauce here but i know it will not be tasted since its not a computer sourced system. I have tried the schitt yagadrasil, PS audio stream, Chord Qutest and finally the Innuos Zenith with new MSB discrete DAC. None of these are in the league of the Hegel mohican. Though i am sure the TT2/HMS must be excellent too. I am a fan of chord electronics - I do own the hugo DAC. I believe Chord have very distinctive sound - transparency and speed are they forte. It can be very seductive initially, but wear with time. Fluidity and liquidity (sorry best way to describe live music with two words :-)) is what are brains truly associated with live music.
  13. Hmmm... seems like my Astel and kern says Quboz is not available in my area. Anyone have the same restriction?
  14. I am planning to switch to Qobuz. I feel Tidal is to commercial and focuses more on Rap. I have nothing against Rap but i would not use 'Music' as the word to describe jazz & classic genre and Rap genre. I think they both are very different and we need another word in english dictionary to differentiate between songs that primary cater to visual entertainment and songs that are strictly for listening.
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