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#122719 - 01/02/06 01:48 PM CD changers again
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Considering buying another CD changer for my two channel system and using my Integra for DVD playback upstairs. I will not need (or want) to listen to DVDAís or SACD's. Possibly some ripped CDís from time to time, but mostly just regular CDís.

Are there any changers that have Brown Burr DAC or similar quality? Doesnít matter to me if it holds 5 CDís or 400. The mega changers do look convenient thoughÖÖ.

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#122720 - 01/02/06 02:14 PM Re: CD changers again
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Say, you don't want to listen to SACDs or DVD-As? Guess you don't need that Integra after all... hint hint.
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#122721 - 01/02/06 04:10 PM Re: CD changers again
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I was going to buy a new 3910 DVD player, but have decided to wait a few months and see what other technology comes out. So now Iím just going to use the Integra for DVDís because it has a much better picture than Toshiba 6200 that Iím using. Which means I need something to play CDís on the two channel system. Those mega changers are fairly inexpensive, but I havenít ever heard one, so I have no idea if Iíd be disappointed or not. I may just try to find a Rotel changer to go with my other Rotels.
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#122722 - 01/02/06 11:03 PM Re: CD changers again
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Yes Mike, the Sony 400 disc megachangers have Burr-Brown or similar quality DACs(since almost all modern DACs are of similar quality)and the convenience factor is very significant.
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#122723 - 01/03/06 03:05 PM Re: CD changers again
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Hi Mike - I really enjoy having two Sony carousel changers. In order to daisy-chain them together (and provide seamless transition with no disk-changing wait while on random play), you must use the DAC's in the players. However, they also do provide SPDIF connections, so you could use the DAC's in your Integra. Personally, I could not discern a difference. I love having such ready access to my entire collection, and am amused regularly by what I hear.
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#122724 - 01/04/06 11:33 AM Re: CD changers again
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The mega changers are looking like the way to go. Iíve got around 400 CDís, and my girlfriend has close to that many herself.

Johnk, I donít understand your comments regarding Brown Bur, please explain? What type and how many bit DAC do they have?

Tom, Iíll be moving the Integra upstairs, so it will not be available to use with this system. Ė this is my stand alone, stereo listening system. Iíve got the boob tube upstairs in the loft. If I get two of these changers, how else can I hook them up to play random without pause? Iím running a Rotel 1070/1080 pre / amp to my M80ís.

Will these mega changers sort by type of music? Like, can I store the Blues CDís in their own Genre and play them randomly?

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#122725 - 01/04/06 11:57 AM Re: CD changers again
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Try this for an explanation of Burr-Brown DAC's.


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#122726 - 01/04/06 12:41 PM Re: CD changers again
tomtuttle Offline
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Mike, you just daisy-chain them using the RCA connections.

One is master and one is a slave. You route the RCA/analog outputs from the slave to the master and then the same type of cables to your preamp. They are also connected to each other via a 1/8 inch mono plug (for serial communication). I think it comes with the player.

My point was that one of the reasons why I had resisted these devices for so long was the very long lag time between disk changes (10-12 seconds?). However, when you use two of them together, one plays while the other one loads the next selection, so there is no lag (assuming that your sequence - whether random or not - can alternate between the players).

However, to do this, you must use the DAC's of the player rather than sending the digital output to the DAC's of your Rotel. Like I said, it sounds fine to me, but your ears, equipment, room, karma or harmonic balance might be better than mine.

This scenario invites a bit of strategy as to how you load your disks. You may not want to have all of your similar music on one player, for instance. Also, be sure to note that it is very important to balance the loads within the changers (don't put everything in slots 1-300 and leave 301-400 empty).

You can assign each disk to one of 8 groups of your choosing and then play just one group, or all disks. You can't play everything except one group, however. I think there are others here with similar setups (BrotherBob, Capn_Pickard, others?).
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#122727 - 01/04/06 01:48 PM Re: CD changers again
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me.
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#122728 - 01/04/06 07:02 PM Re: CD changers again
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Sorry, Mark. I don't know how I could have forgotten you.

I guess since the question didn't involve wretched room acoustics, you didn't spring immediately to mind

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