The purpose of the whole “audiophile” thing is to make a real connection between you and the music: to be involved. It is most certainly not about the chest-beating bragging rights of a ‘mine is bigger than yours’ mentality of more watts and larger speakers. BUT – if you are tapping your foot, rocking your head, hoping the recording never ends, your stereo components forgotten, the music and your brain temporarily fused.
Just like Rodney Dangerfield, the Marantz SA-10 CD/SACD Player and DAC gets no respect. This is a shame as the SA-10 could well be the best sounding, best built player/DAC anywhere close to its $6990 list price. At the top
I had just about given up on CDs. There were some recent changes to my digital playback system and CDs were sounding better than they ever had in my system. Even so, vinyl LP playback still made CDs seem like
The Sony XA7ES is Sony's top of the line CD player. It is a superb player. As the Stereophile review said, finding fault is a lot of work with little return. The mids and highs are very natural. The bass may be