A few of you would have noticed me badgering folks about adding a HCDR to my SN2 - i had so many questions.
After discussing with a friend i am pointed to the direction of source first.
The logic being - adding an HCDR may or may not cut it for me but improving the source is the safest bet and is guaranteed results…
My primary source is the trusty Philips CD960 and i must be frank that i like it.
.But i would not know how much i am missing something"better" unless i dont try
so here goes my questions
a. Get a Naim Dac and use my Philips CD960 as transport
This will insulate me against the possibility of a second hand CDX2 breaking down on me and the associated nightmare of living far away from Naim service center.
This is also the cheapest i think and the Naim DAC requires no service at all.
b. My friend tells me my previous experience with a CD5XS would have been a one off - he is asking me to consider a CDX2 to partner my SN2. But the catch is the CDX2 will have to be 2nd hand.
Cant buy new - too costly for me.
and certainly the XPS is an impossibility for me.
c. My friend points me to the AMR CD 77 but this is expensive ( for me ) .
d. There is also another french CD player in the Euro 1600 range which interests me with a PCM 1792 DAC
As i pen down my thoughts on this thread - the writing is on the wall ( i am clearer that option 1 is most feasible ) but i realize that a dedicated CDP may outperform a DAC in most cases and will not have the headache of 2 boxes.
So i want to know if any of you use a CD transport into a Naim DAC and what has been your experience.
How far away would this combo of a Naim DAC + transport be from a dedicated player like CDX2 ?
would i be then ready for the HCDR ?
a discussion on other options is open too.
It appears to me adding the HCDR at this stage might not be advisable as i might need to up the source game.
I am not into streaming and i dont foresee it.
I like to hit the play button and be left alone - no android or ipad apps or no music apps for me.