Good....Budget Transports.

Discussion in 'DACs' started by mcgarick, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. mcgarick

    mcgarick Well-Known Member

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    Greetings!

    Looking for.... HIGH END..... budge..t transport options.

    Got any good ideas, you want to share?

    Right now , I'm using a Cal labs CD DX-1, and it does a pretty good job, but is starting to act up.

    Ive bought a lens cleaner, and it doesn't do it..

    So, I'm looking for solutions, and good ideas...I'm on a beer budget. I don't have 1500.00 for a transport.

    In the past ,I've found SOME dvd player to do OK, like Denon..but I want to tap the collective here.

    Got any suggestions? Thanks!
     

     

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  2. awillia6

    awillia6 Super Member

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    Apple SuperDrive. There's even a driver for Windows machines.
     
  3. BigElCat

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    For transports, I like actual CD players because the controls and time displays are designed for music CDs.

    I like the old school Sony count down calendar display.
     
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  5. Tom Bombadil

    Tom Bombadil AK Member Subscriber

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    I've had very good luck with Pioneer Elite DVD players from the mid-2000s, like the DV-59avi and DV-79avi. Very sturdy construction. They sold for $1000+ back then, now around $100-$150. They play SACD and DVD-A too. 5.1 analog outputs. As a transport they are rock solid.
     
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  7. Powertech

    Powertech Active Member

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    If you like the idea of a CXC, you could always go used. The AZUR 550C (I have one), 650C, 651C and 851C all use the same transport and S3 servo. Oh and their inbuilt Wolfson DACs are some of the best around as well. They are like a CXC plus a DACmagic in the same box.
     
  8. StimpyWan

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    Cambridge Audio sells a multi-format player too, if video playback is of any interest? It's based on an Oppo platform, so that might make it hard to come by.

    CXUHD

    Me, I'd pick up a Sony UBP-X800 universal transport. It's a dedicated transport, that plays all audio and video disc formats. Cheap too, and even cheaper during holiday sales.

    UBP-X800
     

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