I’m going through another phase of debating the SQ merits of my Zenith MK3 vs a CD player.
I’ve this week purchased a Denon DCD 1600NE (from a fellow forumite) with a view to it being part of my or my brother’s set up.
He’s having a fairly major house renovation which means I’m looking after most of his system for the next few months.
Some of it arrived yesterday and includes a Primare DD35 transport and a Hegel Mohican CD player. Both of which I’ve previously heard myself but now I’ve got a golden opportunity to compare these pieces of kit alongside the Zenith.
My favourite, so far, is the Primare DD35 transport into the Nova. I use the word “favourite” because it’s not “night and day” different to the Innous, which is often excellent sounding particularly with ripped content.
What I’m surprised by is how good the CD in its spinning in a machine form sounds.
My brother is going to have two set ups so one of the CD machines (Denon or Hegel or Primare) will come to me.
It seems strange that I feel like I need to run a CDP and the Zenith to maximise CD playback. Some discs sound er, “better” in the Hegel or Primare, whilst some I prefer from the Zenith.
First world dilemmas but one I hadn’t anticipated.