Best SACD players of 2014

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by Bigerik, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. Tharbamar

    Tharbamar Active Member

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    I agree, Marantz players are not polite but sound quality always down to personal taste.
    I've been using Marantz players for last 10 years only thing I did notice different in Marantz sound quality is Balance vs. Unbalance output, on all Marantz players with balance output sound significantly better than unbalance output in my experience.
     

     

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  2. PAGS

    PAGS AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    The new SA8005 has arrived and it is sweet!
     
  3. Art K.

    Art K. The Voodoo You Do! Subscriber

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    Excellent!
     
  4. fordiebianco

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    Denon DBT-3313

    I have the Denon DBT-3313 running via the Denon HD-Link with a AVR-X5200w and can honest to god say it's the best optical player I've ever had (with similar results for both Video and Audio Blu-Ray sources). My Getz/Gilberto SACD absolutely shines on this. Couldn't be happier. My Pioneer PD-10 had an ongoing issue with an overly emphasised bass reproduction, but the Denon just gets it spot on.

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  5. Dr. Ear

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    The Yamaha A-S3000 is the first CD player that lets me (almost) forget my analog sources.
     
  6. sqlsavior

    sqlsavior AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    For me, my Marantz SA-15S2 has been satisfying my appetite for CDs and SACD for nearly three years now. For perspective in order of brightness:

    Rega Saturn (original) - brightest
    MF V-90 DAC - bright but nice
    Rega Apollo (original) - just about right
    Marantz SA-15S2 - darkest, but favorite for me (vinyl heritage :))

    I've upgraded my preamp and amps and it's just kept up, sounding better each time downstream clarity has improved. It doesn't sound "rolled off", to me at least, YMMOMNV. My silver one is no longer sold here (I think), but apparently has been resurrected in black as the Marantz SA-15S2B.

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  7. cwall99

    cwall99 Addicted Member

    The Oppo BDP-103 (for $499 here: https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-103/ ) is the BDP I should have bought instead of this POS Pioneer Elite BDP-62FD I bought (trying to save $100).

    Pioneer repaired the unit for me less than a year ago. It had a number of problems, including:
    • if I played stereo SACDs, the player produced this weird, annoying, and potentially tweeter-frying high-pitched tone. The odd thing was that if I played a 5.1 SACD first, it wouldn't produce the tone for the multi-channel disk, and then I could also, after removing the 5.1 disc, put the stereo disc back in and it would play fine.
    • It would often make a loud, buzzing sound when playing Blu Ray discs.
    • The drawer mechanism was a mess.
    So I sent the machine to Pioneer, and they repaired it, and it worked fine ... for a while. Now those first two issues are back. I've resolved the first issue by having the player deliver its output via PCM (articles like this one make me think it's irrelevant whether you output bitstream of PCM from your player: http://www.soundandvision.com/content/pcm-vs-bitstream#sSL1g27L21i3KRw8.97 ). I certainly can't hear any difference.

    But the recurrence of that second issue might just be enough to cause me to dump the Pioneer unit (it was $399) and upgrade to an Oppo.
     
  8. 2channel*

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    I posted this elsewhere; but haven't gotten a reply yet, so....
    Has anyone compared the Marantz UD7007 with the SA8005? In some respects the UD7007 audio specs are better than the 8005. Is this a hidden gem?
    I am looking to upgrade from an Oppo DV-980H (a bit bright and transport not the best). If I have to save my allowance for an 8005 or Oppo 105; I'll be hard of hearing before I get it.
    Looking for a bargain.
     
  9. Tharbamar

    Tharbamar Active Member

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    Mainly I use UD7007 for WAV/FLAC playback and I no longer buys SACD or CDs.
    I auditioned UD7007,Oppo BDP105 and SA8005 in local store with MC separates, B&W D804 towers, I choose UD7007 for better functionality and sound quality. Here is the AH review and measurements Marantz UD7007
     
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  10. 2channel*

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    Thanks for the reply. At $250 less than the SA8005, the UD7007 seems like a a good bet.
     
  11. The Rang

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    Does the 7007 output DSD via HDMI?
     

     

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  12. 2channel*

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    The manual says it does if configured that way in the user menu.
    The retailer I was looking at is out of stock and doesn't ship this model outside the USA for some reason. Accessories4less
    The only other ones I can find are $200-$250 more, so no price advantage over the SA8005.
     
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  13. 2channel*

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  14. 2channel*

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    Try Acoustic Sounds. I hope they will ship to Europe. They have a huge selection in all genre's. Enough to eat up my allowance for some time. They also have a few DVD-As and HDCDs. They even sell some of Mofi's older SACDs for less than MoFi.
     
  15. 2channel*

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    Let us know if it works out.
     
  16. 2channel*

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    Well, it's 2 1/2 months since my first post and the search for the best SACD player around $500 (maybe $800) goes on. I give up trying to figure out is DSD to analog without PCM really makes a difference. If it sounds good it sounds good. I can't find any Marantz SA8004s or reasonable priced Oppo BDP-95s. I may buy a used Oppo 103. If I am not blown away; I can always start searching for an outboard DAC. I wish there was somewhere nearby that I could hear any of this gear! All the Oppo "dealers" are installers without showrooms. I wonder if Oppo would let me compare a 103 and a 105 at the same time?

    Thanks for letting me rant. At least I bought 3 new SACDs and a new DVD-A to play on my DV-980H.
     

     

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  17. Johnny 007

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    I've got both a Marantz SA8005 and an Oppo 105D. Different systems, different parts of the house. I can't say I've noticed any real difference in SACD playback.
     
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  18. cheehpogi

    cheehpogi It's better to burn out than to fade away. Subscriber

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    Has anybody heard Sony's UHP H1?
     
  19. 2channel*

    2channel* Well-Known Member

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    My Oppo BDP-95 arrives tomorrow! Unfortunately, I won't have time to play with it for awhile. I can let it burn in then compare it with my NAD C546BEE for redbook. Hopefully, I'll be able to sell the NAD and re-invest the proceeds. Thanks for all the advice!
     
  20. frahengeo

    frahengeo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Congrats on purchase. Did you get a new BDP-95? If not, then it should already be 'burned in', no?
     

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