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    Tube CD players (Jolida 100A tube CD player)

    Anyone currently using a tube CD player? Would like to hear your thoughts on them. Is this a gimmick or do the tubes actually contribute to warming up the sound? Thanks.

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    Vinyl Fundamentalist Forums Moderator poppachubby's Avatar
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    No gimmick at all. A common set up you may find is the use of a tube buffer before the amp. As you have said, to take the edge off of the harshness that digital can present. Tube dacs are also an alternative.

    Firstly, have a look at some reviews of the Jolida...

    Secondly, check out Grant Fidelity. They have several tube CD players you may be interested in. Starting at the same range as the Jolida you've listed and upwards.

    I have no personal experience with a tube CD player but have heard many. Very musical, a great concept. Hope this helps...

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    Hi Poppachubby,

    Thanks very for the great feedback and references. Much appreciated.

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    It depends on your budget but the the Grant Fidelity Tube DAC 09 for $300 is a terrific place to start on the cheap. It amazes me that get so much out of it. Granted it is not a CD player - it is a DAC - but if you have a cd player with a digital or coax output - most cd players have one or the other, your cd player will read the disc send the info to the DAC to do all of the conversion.

    It can be run as a Solid State dac or a Tube DAC so you can hear the difference. It also has a USB stage on board so you can run music from your computer but it will clean up the grunge. It is also capable of being a tube or Solid state Preamp while also being a DAC. And it is a solid state headphone amp.

    And it actually sounds very good to boot. It's not going to beat the better $1000-1500 players out there but then those players don't have preamps and USB capability so....

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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    I use a hybrid tube DAC from they also have a full tube DAC. Both give a great sound. You might want to consider a tube preamp instead.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    I actually read in a few places that the Grant Fidelity Tube DAC is a giant killer and can easily be modded too. It's one of those items that's always recalled from my memory banks every time I think about spending 3-4x as much on a DAC....

    P.S. The price has gone up a tad to $390, but still an excellent value.

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    Rob_a rob_a's Avatar
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    I have used Grant's tube buffer and it is nice, it smoothes out the sound just enough with out coloring your music at all.

    Julida and Grant have always had good reviews, so either one would be a good pick.
    HT system:
    Marantz SR7001 receiver
    Emotiva UPA-2 Amplifier
    Adcom GDV-870 DVD-A/CD player
    Yamaha S1800 DVD/SACD player
    Panasonic DMP-BD60K blu Ray player
    PSB Image series speakes s/s
    Dayton RSS210HF 8" reference sub
    Hitachi 46" HD projector screen

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