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!



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.


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.  

"To my understanding Pro-Ject is addressing and troubleshooting the problem "

I have no skin in this, but based upon reading posts over the last year or so the QC issue(s) has been a known for some time . It would seem that Project would have long since addressed its production and overall QC especially given its price point.

Wharfy/David: Thanks for the return post. I am so lucky (so far) with my 3rd (hopefully a winner) RS2T.  I also invested through LT Audio a LPS and the DAC combo sounds GREAT.

In my secondary system, I use a DAC 3B Benchmark, and an Audio lab 6000CDT. Just added a ANTI CABLE Level 3 power cable to the DAC, big improvement, I was very surprised as I wasn't expecting much. I really like my DAC 3B, but was wondering what a step up the ladder might offer. Similar experiment in main room with Meitner and RS2T reveled quite a step forward. If I was to consider (which i AM) another Transport it may be the Jays audio CDT2 ( not sure the proper designation) but the unit that sells US for about 2.5k. Maybe even consider buying an extra laser unit??  On the DAC side looking at an upgrade (hopefully) maybe a used Merison DAC1 or T+A 200 DAC, Abbas 3.2 se DAC? Just tossing these thoughts around, looking for others inputs. Currently waiting for delivery (much anticipated) another couple of months a NEW pair of Tekton MOAB"S with BE tweeter for main listening area.  Money very tight after recent purchase, more research than anything else, unless a GREAT deal jumped out. Thanks again, Robert TN