Currently have an Atom with Sonus Faber Lumina II speakers. Love it.
Still have a CD collection that I’d like to use so wondering whether I should replace the Atom with a Star (can get refurb for £2.5k) or just add a CD player like a Marantz 6007 to the Atom? About £350.
Reviews suggest that the extra power of the Star (70W) provides slightly better sound quality than the Atom (40W) but is it worth the extra investment?
I have an Atom and I ripped all my CD’s and played them via Roon. Problem is I couldn’t bring myself to sell/give away all my CD’s and LP’s so ended up buying a CD Transport and a turntable too! I still use Roon but stuff I own get’s played not streamed now!
As you say you love the combination of the Atom and SF speakers, I would think you would find the upgrade to the Star to be marginal at best. On the down side, you loose flexibility in that the CD player is physically part of the unit so if something goes wrong (or if you move more in the direction of streaming only) you will be stuck with the CD section you perhaps don’t want. Also, in my experience, CD players with their greater number of moving parts are more likely to break down than the electronics only boxes.
So my suggestion would be to go with a separate CD player and perhaps think about getting a Core in the future.
Interesting feedback, thanks all. So far it seems:
The change from Atom to Star is unlikely to make a major difference so I’m as well sticking to the Atom. I also agree with the idea that keeping the streamer and CD player separate is sensible.
CD transporter seems the best option to play CDs as I’ve already paid for a good DAC in the Atom.
Lots of positive opinions on the Audiolabs 6000 CDT, I will explore that in more detail.
In the rabbit hole of google I also discovered the Naim Uniti Core as a CD ripping/storage option. That could be a more expensive option for me to consider if I want to rip the CDs and then put them in the attic! These questions always end up costing me more
How did you reach this conclusion? I ask because I was listening to a Star a couple of days ago, and it seemed very clear to me that it was a significant step up from the Atom. If it fulfills all of your needs in a single box I wouldn’t dismiss it without at least a listen.