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Gurus ...please advise

Vinyl

Active Member
#1
The old Parasound Transport is now only reading 50% of CD’s – The old Parasound D/AC features 20 bit Ultra Analog 20400A dual digital filter to analog converter - what do you suggest I should be considering in new Transport or all in one player with digital out? Have D/AC chips changed significantly in the last ten years? To muddy the waters a little your thoughts on tube players please.
 

soundhound

Well-Known Member
#4
When I was in a similar situation , I solved several problems at once and bought an OPPO BDP-83 Special Edition universal player. Sounds great and plays all formats.
 

yromj

Well-Known Member
#5
Vinyl said:
The old Parasound Transport is now only reading 50% of CD’s – The old Parasound D/AC features 20 bit Ultra Analog 20400A dual digital filter to analog converter - what do you suggest I should be considering in new Transport or all in one player with digital out? Have D/AC chips changed significantly in the last ten years? To muddy the waters a little your thoughts on tube players please.
If you're going to use the digital out, the player's DACs don't matter. The player's DACs only come into play if you're going to use the player's analog outs.

I would recommend picking up a CD changer. They're fairly inexpensive and I like a dedicated CD player over a blu-ray player because it's easier to operate w/o a display.

John
 

Vinyl

Active Member
#6
Hi John ... the present D/AC reads HDCD which I like – hence a digital out in player is required – I do agree with dedicated player for the same reason you described – soundhound recommendation is a good one however it would be a waste since it wouldn’t be utilized for HT or HI-REZ.
 

yromj

Well-Known Member
#8
Vinyl said:
Hi John ... the present D/AC reads HDCD which I like – hence a digital out in player is required – I do agree with dedicated player for the same reason you described – soundhound recommendation is a good one however it would be a waste since it wouldn’t be utilized for HT or HI-REZ.
If you're using the digital output, the DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) aren't being used, though.

John
 

Flint

"Do you know who I am?"
Superstar
#10
All you need is a transport?

I'd look for a used Marantz or Sony transport - something reliable rather than "esoteric".
 

Vinyl

Active Member
#11
John ... I need to elaborate – I have two players connected to D/AC – one is the Parasound Transport connection (AES/EBU) via digital out to D/AC digital in – the other is stand alone player –stand alone is connected via analog outputs on D/AC *PLUS* digital output from stand alone connection to D/AC’s (coax) input to decode HDCD.
 

Vinyl

Active Member
#12
Flint said:
All you need is a transport?

I'd look for a used Marantz or Sony transport - something reliable rather than "esoteric".
You're probably right.

Can you talk about my description of connections (above post) – am I clear or confusing the issue (again)?
 

Flint

"Do you know who I am?"
Superstar
#13
Too complicated for me. I use one player for everything and it sounds perfect to me.

There are some great classic transports out there.
 

Vinyl

Active Member
#14
Flint said:
Too complicated for me. I use one player for everything and it sounds perfect to me.

There are some great classic transports out there.
Amazing how it gets all confusing :) Happy Birthday anyway.
 

PaulyT

Behind the Curtain
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Superstar
#15
I'm a little confused, too. Vinyl, what exactly is the component path you've got? Disc player -> DAC -> amp? And an analog connection from Disc player -> amp or what? Which part is broken, the player or the DAC? Is this for your planar 2-channel rig?

Seems your choices for quality analog output are either to get a player with good analolg outs (e.g. Oppo), or any cheapo player with digital outs and a good standalone DAC. My guess is you could go either way for similar $$.
 

Vinyl

Active Member
#18
Just got off the phone with Parasound service – tech believes it’s a tracking motor problem not the laser assembly so in it goes for service.
 

DIYer

Well-Known Member
Famous
#19
Vinyl said:
Just got off the phone with Parasound service – tech believes it’s a tracking motor problem not the laser assembly so in it goes for service.
If the estimate is more than $100, I would say just buy a new cd player.
 

Vinyl

Active Member
#20
DIYer ... this is Canada $100 will buy you ham and cheese - tech's guess estimate closer to $200 - I don't want to split up the Parasound pair unless absolute - the pair originally were $4000 and still hold up today - then again...OOPS...I forgot....most here subscribe to all CD players sound alike.
 
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