CD players, 5-6K

Any thoughts on cdp within this price range? Names like BAT, Audio Aero, and Audio Mecca keep coming up, along with Cary, 303 and 306. Feedback would be helpful, Thanks,LR
soundstage has a new review of the audio aero capitol 192 and they liked it
At this price range a used transport/DAC combo would certainly yield superior results than any single box player.A Forsell Air Reference transport ($4000 used) and a Kora Hermes DAC ($1500 new) will make the finest single box player sound like a boombox by comparison.
Look into the Gryphon or the Electrocompaniet EMC-1. These will give even the best separates a run for their money. I own top Goldmund, and I was quite impressed with the performance of both the Gryphon and the EMC-1. Goodluck.


I’ve got my eye on this one.  Is it worth the price and why?

I have 6,000 cds and around 750 SACDs.  I’m currently using an Oppo 105 as my player.  For $6K, I want to be amazed.  What say ye?




For $6K, there are many excellent choices. Research Ayre, Esoteric, Luxman and Marantz. Prepare to be Amazed.


Happy Listening!



My pleasure. Keep me posted on your buying decision.


Happy Listening!

I would check out the Marantz SA-1 which, although a little older, is a killer device.  Another option is the CANOR CD 1.10.  Very good DAC with a tube output stage and a quality transport 

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I'm guessing the OP has made his choice, lol.