My old Rega Planet 2000 has started becoming picky about what discs it will read without skipping or stopping, so it may be time soon to replace it. Toward that end, I'll say I had been looking at the Cambridge CXC V2 and the Audiolab 6000CDT, when I ran across the NuPrime CDT-8 in an Audio Advisor catalog (I'm in the States).
Unlike the other two units I mention, reviews of the NuPrime are rare, and I've scoured the internet (and this forum) for all I can find, and I'm left with some questions I was hoping you folks here could answer. I know the CDT-8 isn't in exactly the same price class as the Cambridge and Audiolab, but if the features/sound/build of the NuPrime are substantially better, I'm happy to spend the extra money. For reference, my DAC is the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell, which has optical, coax and I2S inputs, and I know the NuPrime has matching outputs. I haven't seen I2S on any others close to this price range, so that's definitely in the CDT-8's favor. But that still leaves me with these questions:
1. Have you found noticeable improvements in sound by using any of the CDT-8's upsampled rates, including DSD? The idea intrigues me, but on a very basic level I tend to agree with the logic of the TNT review when it says, "I believe that once the information is lost because of the RedBook format restrictions (16/44) there's nothing on Earth that can recover/improve it." Do you users agree or disagree, and do you find one or more of the upsampled formats good enough that you use them regularly?
2. Similarly, another statement in the TNT review caught my eye: "the 16/44 extracted from a standard CD gets upsampled to megahertz...then you can choose to downsample it to standard 16/44 or try different sampling rates." This suggests that there is no native 16/44 output, straight from the disc, so that even when choosing to output standard redbook, the data undergoes an upsampling and downsampling before leaving the machine. Is this correct, and if so, has anyone noticed any audible artifacts, good or bad?
3. And finally, how would you rate the build quality and general feel/use of the unit?
Any other impressions would be welcome. I appreciate any and all input. I understand neither the unit nor the remote have any direct track access, but that's not a deal breaker for me.