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Old 16th May 2014, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default A DVD player is a good CD source?

Hi,

my old CD player is dead, the motherboard is burned and I need to use another digital source.

If I buy a DVD player on Amazon, can I obtain a good sound or not?

The DAC of an entry level DVD player is good?

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Old 17th May 2014, 01:17 AM   #2
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Hi,

A good DVD player can and do make a fine CD source.
Alternatively good older CD players are now very cheap.

rgds, sreten.
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Old 17th May 2014, 01:43 AM   #3
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I have been using a NAD T512 DVD player as a music source for a couple years now. It's stellar. You can get some great DVD gear from the mid-2000s for pennies. Pioneer Elite, Sony ES, NAD, Cambridge Audio, Oppo, etc. If it doesn't have HDMI, it can be had cheaply.
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If I buy a DVD player on Amazon, can I obtain a good sound or not?
If you're using the S/PDIF output, as a digital source, it'll be just fine.

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The DAC of an entry level DVD player is good?
Not normally, no as they tend to be integrated on-chip (hence S-D architecture) and suffer from jitter, given they'll run from a 27MHz (or thereabouts) crystal which isn't a power of two multiple of the RBCD sample rate..
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I have found some DAC on internet ebay, like TDA1543 in NOS configuration, they are good?
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The ones I've seen require some modding (grounding, power supplies) to be classed as 'good'. No worse though in stock form than a cheap DVD player doing CD duty.
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