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!


@jetter -Yes. Good advice. I did contact them and the CDPro2 replacement is available.


@magnuman -That's quite a recommendation! If I can audition the 701T in the next week, I will give it serious consideration.

@charles1dad -

"Sounds like a good plan. You have heard it in your system and confirmed it is a fantastic fit."

I think so, also. The REF CD6SE is a terrific unit. I wasn't entirely "sold" on the sound when first listening to it. Coming from the Pro-Ject CD Box, the ARC was a bit more "in your face" than the previous transport. Music presentation from the ARC is the third row, while the CD Box is row 8, so to speak. With that said, I really like the synergy, it's built like a tank, and ARC still services it.

BTW, we haven't talked jazz CDs in a while. I went to one of my favorite used CD stores in Northern NJ and traded in many CDs I no longer listen to for the following-

2 Sonny Rollins CDs-Newk's Time and Worktime

Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt-Boss Tenors

Miles Davis-Miles Smiles

The Best of Bud Powell on Verve

Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan-Two of a Mind

I will give them close listens in the next couple of days.



I have most of those recordings. Excellent choices across-the-board! As I have said before you have excellent taste in music. Your audio system without a doubt is more than capable of bringing out the best in these recordings. Your decision to stick with the Audio research signal chain is a very wise one.

if you still decide to give the TEAC 701T transport an audition please share your listening impressions. I am curious how it stacks up against your ARC CD( 6 SE transport/player.


The TEAC VRDS certainly set a high reference point for tray loading CD transports. I have heard my share of various models through the years and they are very good. However I don’t believe it is superior to a high quality and well implemented top loading CD transport. Just my two cents worth.