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 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.



just to make a correction and update what you said, Teac does not sell their VRDS drives to anyone anymore and that's been going on for many many years now they only keep it for their own machines.

VRDS Teac transport for front loader.......CEC TL5 for top loader. Made in JAPAN....I love mine! Jay's is also good but made in China.