time to take up the cudgels for Japanese Hifi. Yes, I know that I'm not
very hip with this opinion.
from it, it's rather more hip to say: "Forget chink hifi crap;
German, British, American ... [feel free to fill in your
country] is the best.
No real hifi or highend lover would buy
All that I can say is: "What a crap.
All these guys should be forced to hear whateverPOD all the day".
the best known and - absolutely right - highly reputated
like Dynavector, Shindo, Tamura, etc., and the "mid-class"
Accuphase, Luxman, Sansui etc.
even the considered
as run-of-the-mill stuff - like Panasonic/Technics
Sony (SACD, some CD-Players), Onkyo
Pioneer (PD-CD-Players), Denon (DL-103)
is normally very good (at least some
particular considering the
These stuff set the
standards for years and ALL
other companys that
wanted to raise the bar had to beat that guys.
Your EARS AND your BRAIN!
beat these guy is not as easy as it may seem, if you follow my advice.
Sure it's easy to do some nice design and
avertising work and let
dealerZ sell your best sounding, always
underrated insiders' tip in
gold-plated showrooms. (Question: Who's gonna pay
for that showroom ???)
forget: Even all of the gold-plated guys put their pants on one leg at
time and they all want your best: Your money !
But believe me - no
pleaZe DON'T believe
me - test it:
There's a lot of well
designed hifi stuff out there at these
dealers esp. British and German,
some Danish etc. where you
the prize for half the
sound of a Japanese Karaoke CD-Box.
that my new CD-Player is a good example of solid
very good sounding Japanese Hifi for a veeeeery
The Onkyo DX-7355
box sounds good, far better than my SACD,
DVD-Audio Yamaha Multiplayer
with CD's and
even better than the PS-1 (perhaps you can mod
the PS-1 to a much higher level than I've done it,
you've to been aware that you've to put a lot of money in these
efforts with possibly questionable results).
The built in
DAC's are also very good and I saw no further reason to
use my external
get the Onkyo at around 160-180€.
can only assent to the statement of a German High-End DAC
You can't get more CD-Player for the money anywhere!
OKAY I hear you say: If this Onkyo is so good, why is this guy using
it sounds even BETTER !
been owning this unit for many years now and after the buy it went
digital box I've owned in the meantime.The
better the digi-box is, the less difference you'll hear;
with the Onkyo is very small, but it's there.
X10-D is modded: retubed, recapped, all diodes exchanged to
FaaZZZt and/or SCHOTTKY types.
aware that all of the above statements are VERY subjective
only be valid in my setup and with my ears.
get me wrong: I'm not THE CD admirer, in contrast:
I'm a VINYL guy and
I buy vinyl wherever possible.
problem is that an enormously amount of new music don't get published
Esp. new Jazz releases are normally published only on CD. So
there's no way to get
rid of CD if you want to hear new music and
you've to arrange with this fact and the
above combination is a very
good and relatively cheap arrangement
(You even might do a DIY X10-D -> plans are available on WWW).
free to contact
me, if you have any questions, suggestions, comments etc.