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4krow
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12/21/11 at 00:54:36
 
Does anyone know of a cd player with a tube output for a decent price. I have a Cayin right now, but am convinced that it will go  bye bye some day soon.
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Reply #1 - 12/21/11 at 01:42:43
 
I have a Njoe Tjoeb, which is really nice. Get the one with the upsampler and the other upgrades.  
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« Last Edit: 12/21/11 at 01:44:36 by Rivieraranch »  

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Reply #2 - 12/21/11 at 02:07:55
 
wow, I havent heard of that player in some time. So they are available? And where can I buy one? They were quite the rage awhile back.
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Reply #3 - 12/21/11 at 03:30:44
 
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Reply #4 - 12/21/11 at 12:53:35
 
The link to the ZCD has a picture of Steve's tube tester instead of the CD player.
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Reply #5 - 12/21/11 at 12:55:42
 
The Tjoeb player is still available from Upscale Audio.

http://www.upscaleaudio.com/products/Ah!-Njoe-Tjoeb-4000.html

http://www.upscaleaudio.com/products/Ah!-Njoe-Tjoeb-4000-with-SuperTubeClock%E2%...

However for what they are asking the ZCD might prove better



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« Last Edit: 12/21/11 at 13:01:05 by Rivieraranch »  

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Reply #6 - 12/21/11 at 13:01:17
 

I will vouch for opnly_bafld's recommendation.  I had one of the earlier models and it was one fine sounding player.  To find something better, it took about $7500.00 at retail and the Decware player was not embarrassed in a head to head comparison.

Steve tells me that the new version is even better than the one I had .....  

You won't go wrong with this one .....

Randy

PS ..... I do believe that Rivieraranch is right about the photo
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« Last Edit: 12/21/11 at 13:06:29 by Randy in Caintuck »  

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Reply #7 - 12/21/11 at 13:33:00
 
I was quite dissatisfied with the very first ZCD model; I owned this and never relaxed into the sound even after I added all the options. It did not accomplish my goal of making all my collection listenable in the way that three other players I've owned afterwards have. I much prefer the sound of the DEC685 that Steve built before the ZCD. I realize my experience was perhaps atypical.

Undoubtedly the new player is wonderful, there have been great reviews by users.
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« Last Edit: 12/21/11 at 13:34:46 by Lon »  

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Reply #8 - 12/21/11 at 13:59:19
 
Option 'B' is that I just use my cheap phillips dvd player, and for the rest, use a new music server such as the one offered by Olive. I keep hearing how great HD is from wav files.
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Reply #9 - 12/21/11 at 17:45:51
 
I've also been very happy with my ZCD, but would love to hear the latest version.
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Reply #10 - 01/15/14 at 00:57:11
 
It's always fun to revive a thread that's a few years old.

I have the Jolida JD100 CDP. It uses 2 x 12AX7 in the output stage (or 5751 if you want less gain). I had one years ago, sold it, and missed it so much I bought another! My all time favourite CDP.

http://audioreview.ca/default.aspx?pagename=review&reviewID=46
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Reply #11 - 01/25/14 at 13:05:11
 
I have a zcd 200i, I also have a oppo cdp103. in the same system with a superzen amp and audio nirvana 2.8 cabinets , 10 inch driver in a 9x13 room . the zcd has more gain,  bigger soundstage . the oppo  is all things to audiophiles or videophiles . plays anything extremely well , very accurate... After installing Jupiter cryoed beeswax caps in the zcd and spending lots of money in 12au7's, the zcd  got very good , however the oppo is more accurate and detailed. I'm happy with both and will keep both.  Oh , after alls said and done I have about 1500 in the zcd , and the Oppo, well it was 499.00. lots of breakin required in both , both have volume control . Oppo has firmware updates , highly recommended!!! Remember its all a compromise!
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Reply #12 - 01/25/14 at 13:46:27
 
I'll second the Jolida JD-100.  

I've thought of upgrading to the PS Audio transport/DAC combo Lon uses when it was on sale for half price...4K or to the new Jolida Transport/DAC at $2300 with 6 tubes inside. But then I listen to my used JD 100 that I picked up for a little over $500 and think...."the enemy of Good is Better". With a pair of Raytheon 12AX7s with halo getters I picked up from Mike here, this sounds so good why mess with success. I do feel a small tinge of guilt when I think of pairing this budget CDP with my Torii MK IV and soon to arrive HR-1 speakers.  I've got several times what it cost just in ICs and power cords.  Oh well, such is the mystery of this Hobby. I plan on buying another JD 100 for a second system when I move my Taboo MK III out of my Listening Cave. Mark.

PS... Did I mention that it's beautiful?  Plus the heavy steel remote doubles as an effective self defense weapon!

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Reply #13 - 01/25/14 at 14:15:18
 
I had that same Jolida, but inspite of sounding fine, mine was plagued
with reliability problems, I'd have lived with it otherwise.
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Reply #14 - 01/25/14 at 14:17:53
 
Jolida stuff is truly hit or miss when it comes to quality. Then again, so is almost 100% of the Chi-fi stuff I've owned.
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