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!

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@thyname 

"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. "

I have a great deal of respect for the cumulative insights and knowledge of the forum members. If I'm going to pay thousands of dollars for a CD transport I can't audition, and possibly not return after purchase, I'm going to ask lots of questions.

You have provided a great deal of valuable info about Jay's CD transport. Did you have an opportunity to audition it in your system before purchase?

Regards,

David

@lalitk 

Definitely is my experience on my audio equipment. You got me thinking with your response how CD remastering and reissues can make absolute statements like "always sound better of CD" anachronistic. For instance, how many "Kind of Blue" remastering reissues are there? I have two on CD, two on records. TIDAL has more than that. I'm sure I can find a reissue on TIDAL that sounds better than the $1.99 copy I purchased at CD World in the early 2000s.

So yes, point taken.

David

@charles1dad

One of the great discoveries I made via streaming was this Dexter Gordon gem.

Dexter Gordon Featuring Joe Newman. It’s not a particularly great recording, with some questionable editing of songs. But the musicianship is top rate.

https://www.discogs.com/release/9361540-Dexter-Gordon-Featuring-Joe-Newman-Dexter-Gordon-Featuring-Joe-Newman

Dexter Gordon - Dexter Gordon Featuring Joe Newman album cover

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Label: Monad Records (2) – MOA 806
Series: Monad Classic Series
Format:

CD, Album

Country: US
Released:
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bop, Hard Bop

@wharfy :

Did you have an opportunity to audition it in your system before purchase?

I did not. Because I could not in the case of Jay's Audio CDTs. But I did my own research, I created a short list of possible candidates, some of which I was able to audition, some not. Then I took the leap of faith. 

And honesty, even you already have a shortlist, it will be practically impossible to audition everything in your list. Unless you wait a very long time. What I was trying to say is that whatever recommendation you get from other people (like myself included) here, it is helpful to the extent of helping you to build a list for considerations. We all hear differently, have different tastes in sound, so take it all with a grain of salt IMHO

 

@wharfy

One of the great discoveries I made via streaming was this Dexter Gordon gem.

Dexter Gordon Featuring Joe Newman. It’s not a particularly great recording, with some questionable editing of songs. But the musicianship is top rate

Thanks David . Newman is a 1st rate jazz trumpeter but in my opinion, under appreciated. I feel the same way about Kenny Dorham whom I’m sure you are familiar with. I’ll seek out this recording. I’m a huge Dexter Gordon fan.

Charles