I bought this player to replace an old Wadia 8. I am using the DAC in a Mac C47 preamp. I only expected a good replacement but was pleasantly surprised to find a significant improvement. The music is clearer and better balanced than the Wadia. The sound is warm and not fatiguing. Worth it to me for the sound quality. My main complaint is the controls. Programing the player is like playing a video game. First a button at the top of the remote has to be pressed long enough for an LED next to a gold square to blink twice then the play button must be pressed twice to engage random playback then pressed twice again to get the program mode. It will not work if buttons are pressed too slowly or quickly. This is nuts when there are buttons on the remote that do nothing. The instruction manual is very poorly written. Keep the materials with the customer service number in case you need a tutorial.
Pros: Really good sound quality, at least when played through a Mac preamp with built in DAC such as the C47.
Cons: Programing control is absurdly designed. Special connection needed for SACD playback. Be sure your DAC has the necessary plug.
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