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!




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.

Let’s be serious, what is the number of albums in HDCD format? And what are the chances the music / artist you like is in that format? Unless you are the type of guy who use the music the listen to the gear. Which is exactly what ASR crowd blames the Audiophiles for doing.


I am interested hearing your comparisons and contrasts.

You got a lot of recommendations here to build a short lists. I am so sorry to say at this point you have to listen, compare and contrast by yourself.