Sony SACD players and normal CDS

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Gary, Jan 22, 2002.

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  1. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff Thread Starter

    I know of someone who had a CD transport and a Sonic Fontiers (Burr-Brown) DAC. It was modified with a Lundal output stage.

    Much to my suprise, he traded it in when he got a Sony ES series CD player. It was not a financial based decision to sell his DAC.

    So I'd love to hear comments from those who have Sony ES players. What do normal CDs sound like? Is there any need for a DAC in this set up?
  2. GregM

    GregM Ready to cross that fine line

    Daddyland, CA
    The thing about the Sonys is that most sound like crap out of the box and actually it gets worse before it gets better, for SACD as well as CD. As it breaks in, usually after about 120 hours, it starts sounding better and better. Improvements have continued to have been observed after the 400 hr mark!

    By the time these are fully broken in, they are generally observed to be among the best CDP's in their respective price classes. Some use a DAC, but I recall one SCD-1 owner using a Dodson DAC who discovered he liked CD better without the DAC(!). The SCD-1 and SCD-777ES have 4 digital filters for CD. I don't use the filters anymore. You really can't go wrong with these machines and would be better advised to put the money you'd spend on a DAC toward getting the best SACD player you can.
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  3. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Greater Vancouver

    That's an absolute stunner! I thought that Burr Brown chips were the top of the line period!:confused:
  4. Paul L.

    Paul L. New Member

    Burr-Brown chips ARE in at least some of the Sony SACD machines.
  5. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff Thread Starter

    Interesting. I know that he did say that the difference between the Sony SACD and the Sonic DAC was minimal at best. Maybe that's why he traded it in.

    BTW, all of his SACD's blew away everything else he had.... gold disc, whatever.
    Hoffmiester SACD Fan likes this.
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