To Jason / Casey
I have been able to test-listen to the CDP-8 for some weeks now; my impressions are most positive. The comparison is with the Bryston BCD-1, which is no slouch.
Before taking the leap, however, I would like to return to Casey's post on Nov. 8 2009 regarding similarities and differences between the Oppo NE and the CDP-8.
Is redbook playback on the two units roughly sonically equivalent - warm, harmonically rich, resolving but not overtly analytic, a somewhat forward rather than deep soundstage, 'emotionally' involving? I do not have at present the option of auditioning the Oppo NE.
The reason I ask has to do with added functions on the Oppo NE, that is, SACD playback (I am a 2 channel afficionado). if I knew (for sure) that the two players are intended - by Nuforce - to do Redbook replay in the same way, with the same sonic signatures, I would most likely shell out some more money for the Oppo NE (good for business
!!) and thus put the not inconsiderable hybrid SACDs in my collection to 'better' use.
Please shed some light on this. Thanks in advance