My experience with older cd/dvd players as audio players

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by Edi M, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Grenadeslio

    Grenadeslio Well-Known Member

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    Way back in 2001 I decided to give digital another try as my first player at $1000 sounded like dog shit, also the subsequent cheap players.

    On the advice of the great reviews comparing it favorably to the much more expensive Rega Planet I purchased the Sony DVP-NS500V for $279, again I was underwhelmed, although SACD was a bit better than Redbook CD playback, still way short of my vinyl. The DVP-NS900V was $1000 at the time and with my poor experience with the media so far I just couldn't justify the expense.

    Fast forward to 2016, I see a DVP-NS900V on eBay for $80, OK at this price it will at least be a better looking player lol. Well I sure was in for a surprise, the sound coming from this player was NOTHING like that from the NS500, warm, fluid, almost analogue in its presentation.

    This led me to purchase the DVP-NS999ES, again at the bargain basement price of $80. Well, I won't say it was the same aha moment the NS900V was, but it was every bit as good and in silver a tad nicer looking with my vintage silver faced gear.

    The carousel ES unit is quite capable, and yes also better than the NS500, but the single disc unit upper tier models are schveeter.

    Still on the lookout for a silver faced 900, the only one I've been able to locate is in Russia and too expensive just for a color difference.
     
  2. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    I prefer using an old Marantz CD-63SE as a transport into a separate DAC. To my ears the sound quality using its RCA outs is poor though using with a separate DAC is a different story altogether
     
  3. Edi M

    Edi M New Member

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    Yes, but which DAC? In my mind there`s no point of getting a 10 euro cd player if i have to spend another 200 on a dac to make it sound right. Might as well buy a 210 euro player instead.

    This is more about <<dollars and sense>> than ultimate sound reproduction. My current speakers are a pair of Dali 104 worth around 60 euros, again it makes little sense to spend more money on a dac that i did with the rest of the component line.
     
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  4. Drumolator

    Drumolator Super Member

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    My Onkyo integrated amp, and three AVR's have good DAC's in them, so the disc player does not matter all that much. Peace and goodwill.
     
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  5. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    For me the DAC is a Starting Point Systems DAC3, though others may prefer a more modern sounding DAC like a Topping D30
     
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  6. soundboy

    soundboy Super Member

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    I got this Pioneer Elite DV-79AVi for $125.00 brand-new, factory sealed.

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  7. BillWojo

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    soundboy, at that price I would have purchased several. I have two that I picked up used. Built like a tank and after you turn everything AV related off they sound awesome.

    BillWojo
     
  8. Condorsat

    Condorsat Audio Enthusiast

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    Sweet. :thumbsup:
     
  9. John Ess

    John Ess AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    That NS999ES is an excellent piece of gear. Bought two of these over 15 years ago, one modded, one a stock demo...numbers 4 and 5 in the line of players that I've owned since 1985. You really had to do some serious listening to tell the difference between modded and stock. Ended up selling the mod version when I sold off everything about 10 years ago. Something told me to hang on to the other one. Now I know why. Just swapped out the output op amp the other day and it was worth the effort. While under the hood, I took a good look around...nice build quality..lots of Nichicon FG caps, etc. Good thing I was looking...one cap over in the switching power supply had a very slight bulge on top..with a small amount of reddish brown material that had dried on top. I'll swap out all the caps in the PS for about $10. That's what I get for letting it sit in the box unused for several years.
     
  10. roadrunnerx

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    Currently running a Sony DVP-s9000es, Marantz DV9600, and for old school, a Marantz CDR-615 from the 80's which in it's time was the most expensive.
    Got a couple Yamaha changers with pro-bit which are quite good. They all have their own positives. Glad to live in such a wonderful time.
     

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