Resolving CD Transports Crowd Sourcing

Hi everyone! A couple of years ago I purchased my endgame CD transport- a Pro-Ject CD Box RS2T. Loved almost everything about the unit--highly resolving presentation, dead quiet background, balanced placement of instruments in a believable 3 dimensional soundstage, and  the synergy it had with my components. In fact I loved the transport so much I had two of them because Pro-Ject quality control and customer service is the pits. After almost a year of hassles, I'm swearing of Pro-Ject.

I'm in the market for a replacement CD transport that has the same qualities of the Pro-Ject minus the quality issues and customer service.

PS Audio, Jay's Audio, CEC, Audio Research (which are CD/DAC units) come up in my search. What are your thoughts? With all the bells and whistles the Pro-Ject was around $3300, so that gives you an idea of my budget, though I could go higher.

Thanks in advance!



Do you split your time equally between CDs and streaming or is it more the latter for convenience/large streaming library?




Acquiring the Jay’s initiated a learning curve involving a very high level of frustration stretching over several months but I once I managed to restore tonal balance (thanks to recommendations by forum members), I began to really appreciate what it brought to the system.


I didn’t have any issues with my Moon 260 but the Jay’s is significantly more resolving.





@wharfy "The Sim has transport issues"

I have a 260D in my second system , it was in my main system before I purchased a Neodio CD player last August . I have had no issues with the transport or anything else. I don’t know how it sounds vis a vis a Jay’s or the Project but I find it to have very good SQ especially via the AES/EBU output. The Sim is significantly better than the Cambridge CXC which I had before it.

Anyway, best of luck with whichever transport you select.


@charles1dad -

I have TIDAL and Aurender  has terrific synergy/sound quality. I like putting on the streamer when I want to listen/sample in depth musicians and/or types of music. There are times I find something I really like and then will buy the CD. Other times I listen to something and while I like it, it's not something I will own. TIDAL will also have music I can't get on CD.

Aurender also has an internet radio feature. I often listen to this jazz station out of San Diego.'s%20Jazz%2088.3%20FM%20%2D%20KSDS

The sound quality from TIDAL/Aurender is very, very good. But, CDs played through a terrific transport/DAC combination always sounds better.

Have you heard Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio (1956)?


Your observations of Jay's CDT3 concur with what others on discussion boards, and a couple of trade magazine reviews have said. HDCD is a resolving format and can easily understand why having a cd player that decodes is a good thing.

Like Charles1Dad said, I am interested hearing your comparisons and contrasts.