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!

128x128wharfy

@lalitk -

Thanks for the tip! Just purchased. That's a terrific site, BTW. Lots of "candy."

David

@robshaw 

I go back and forth about purchasing another RS2T. I love everything about the sound. And at the price, it's a bargain. The CD Box reminds me of a Fiat ("Fixing it always trouble")  my neighbor once owned. When it was up and running it was a dream.

I agree TMR is a terrific dealer. I have had nothing but terrific experiences with them. They told me they wouldn't ship another RS2T until Pro-Ject/Sumiko addresses quality and customer service. I would like to add it CD Box back into my system, but at this rate I may be too old to fully appreciate what it has to offer 🤨

I've heard the Meitner MA-1 V2 DAC. It's very, very nice. I imagine you have terrific synergy. All best on your sonic journeys. I hope you find your "Holy Grail."

David

@wharfy 

I go back and forth about purchasing another RS2T. I love everything about the sound. And at the price, it's a bargain. The CD Box reminds me of a Fiat ("Fixing it always trouble") 

I understand your hesitation. To my understanding Pro-Ject is addressing and troubleshooting the problem (As they most certainly should). Although you enjoyed superb sound quality, a shame you had to endure the unnecessary reliability issues.

There are other fine CD transport alternatives undoubtedly. It's just that you're acutely aware of what you had sonically with the RS2T. A homerun concerning  performance, a dropped ball regarding consistent unit to unit quality control. I wish you the best.

Charles

I agree about the rs2 but luckily had no issues and with seperate power supply for this and the rs2 dac quality went through the roof. I do get bored of peoe suggesting a server or streaming as I think as friends who blind listened that the cd still beats the same album on Qoboz (at a higher quality) It makes No Sense but the ears preferred.... As for alternatives I would love to hear the Cec transports

Off the wall suggestion.

Now I know the OP specified a CD Transport and doesn’t want a streamer.

However….the Melco optical player can be used to either burn CDs to a Melco NAS or to play a CD.  It has to be connected to the NAS/player by usb in order to play the CDs.  I think it is a pretty quiet and resolving transport, but no I haven’t done side by side comparisons with the other CDTs mentioned here.  However…if it were of interest to the OP…besides playing CDs he would be able to rip them to a NAS.