Shhh! Quiet, everybody. The aptly named SKATTERBRANE has something stupid he wants to say.
Transports can sound different.
I have been using a Cambridge CXN V2 as my streamer and DAC. I have put maybe a half dozen CD player digital outputs through it to play CDs, including many Philips CDm-1 players. These "swing arm" transports are well regarded. I have gone through many CD player and some since I got this DAC. (I am a restless audiophile).
I never perceived much difference between players used as transports through my CXN. I although I have heard differences between the CXN and the various built in DACs in the CD players.
Well I just got a Cambridge CXC CD transport. And I IMMEDIATELY heard a different character playing it through my CXN DAC. Not sure how to explain it. But it sounds more fluid, more rounded, more "at ease".
I am just saying it just isn't 1s and 0s it seems. A transport seemingly can make a difference.
Well, that "well built" thrill certainly was short lived.
Well I have to return it. It has an automatic power down feature. The default setting is after 30 minutes sitting idle it powers off. One can set that function as Off, 1 hour or hours. No matter where I set it, it powers off at 30 minutes right in the middle of playing a disc. It shuts down at 30 minutes no matter what you are doing.
But here is my sound impression compared to other CDPs I have had: 1. There is less upper bass blur or added fatness I hear in most players. 2. There is less glare or harshness in the mids and upper mids. 3. Sounds "rounder" and more "analog like" (whatever that may mean to you). 4. There is no impression it is trying to sound "euphoric". It certainly does not help with poor recordings.
I am awaiting the return authorization. I suspect they are closed on the weekends as I have not heard from them yet. I want to get it replaced because it sounds great to me.
Well when I buy something new and it fails, I do not any desire to replace it with another of the same. So, I have sent the CXC back and I have ordered an Audiolab 6000CDT. We will see how that goes.