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    Join Date: Apr 2018

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    Having a relatively entry level CD player, Denon DCD 720, I had it running through my Bluesound Node 2 via optical. It was a good deal better than the CD player. So this encouraged me to take a punt on a used NAD D1050 dac which I got for £230 off fleabay. Itís turned out to be a step up again, to my ears anyway, and has brought a new lease of life to my cd collection. It also double sided up as a headphone amp too, win-win.

    Only thing is Iím wondering whether I can improve on it again with a better CD player/transport.....
    Denon Dcd720ae for silvery discs and a Bluesound Node 2 for tinternet radio and ripped FLAC files both via a NAD D1050
    Creek Destiny 2.....KEF LS50

    Electronica to Acoustic, psychedelik.com to Radio Paradise.

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    Bugger, slippery slope......

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    A Meridian 506 or 507 player or 500 transport feeding a Theta or Monarchy Audio DAC could be good. It'll cost more obviously.

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    Cambridge Audio CXC transport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    Bugger, slippery slope......

    Doh
    Denon Dcd720ae for silvery discs and a Bluesound Node 2 for tinternet radio and ripped FLAC files both via a NAD D1050
    Creek Destiny 2.....KEF LS50

    Electronica to Acoustic, psychedelik.com to Radio Paradise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    A Meridian 506 or 507 player or 500 transport feeding a Theta or Monarchy Audio DAC could be good. It'll cost more obviously.
    Looks like research is in order
    Denon Dcd720ae for silvery discs and a Bluesound Node 2 for tinternet radio and ripped FLAC files both via a NAD D1050
    Creek Destiny 2.....KEF LS50

    Electronica to Acoustic, psychedelik.com to Radio Paradise.

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    A Caiman SEG from Stan would yield substantial sonic improvements without breaking the bank

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxrob200 View Post
    A Caiman SEG from Stan would yield substantial sonic improvements without breaking the bank

    Alex, are you saying a Caiman SEG would be a significant step up from the NAD D1050 dac?
    Denon Dcd720ae for silvery discs and a Bluesound Node 2 for tinternet radio and ripped FLAC files both via a NAD D1050
    Creek Destiny 2.....KEF LS50

    Electronica to Acoustic, psychedelik.com to Radio Paradise.

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    IMHO, The Caiman 2 with all mods that I am using has been an excellent sounding DAC, and the SEG is an upgraded version of the C 2. It certainly punches well above it's price point. Certainly worth considering.

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