Onkyo C-S5VL C-S5VL Super Audio CD/CD Player (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Plays Super Audio CD, Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 CD, and WMA CD
- High-Grade Wolfson 192 kHz/24-Bit D/A Converter (WM8742) with DSD Bit-Stream Support for Super Audio CD Applications
- 2 Digital Outputs (Optical and Coaxial)
- Repeat Modes (Super Audio CD and CD: Disc/Track/A-B Repeat, MP3 CD and WMA CD: Disc/Track/Folder/A-B Repeat)
- Hi-Rigidity, Anti-Resonant Flat Chassis (1/16 [1.6 mm] Thick)
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I have this player for about 4 months. The strength of this player is its ability to select and use one of five different advanced digital filters that come with WM8742 (applicable to CD only, SACD uses different filters). Out of the five filters, the most notable one is Minimum Phase Anti-Alias Apodising filter (FIL 4). Minimum Phase Anti-Alias Apodising filter is regarded by many as a major break through in improving digital media play back quality in recent years (a filter of a similiar kind is implemented in Meridian 808.2 by a 150 MIPS processor and expensive customary circuitry). This particular filter not only removes the pre-echo artifact that is commonly associated with conventional CD players but also sweep away the digital "glare" that we have almost come to accept as inevitable when listening to music of digital media. To my ears when FIL 4 is employed musical instruments exhibit consistent and substantial improvement in timber, clarity, definition, and tonality. The resulting sound signature is close being analogue. Onkyo C-S5VL enables me to enjoy the music even after hours of listening.
Update 2012: My unit purchased in 2010 continues to work well. It is clear however that there was a loss in quality control in subsequent models. Appears production has been discontinued.
Under the hook, the 8742, the latest of Wolfson DAC, does a wonderful job. For CD, I am using the default digital filter #1. For SACD, I am using the DSD direct, bypassing digital filters. Onkyo did an excellent job to keep high end sound with a modest cost. Highly recommended.
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Now I have C-S5VL for nearly two months. I enjoyed it enormously. Most importantly, I have collected many RC Living Stereo SACD, the BIS Records Beethoven Symphonies SACD boxset, and a few other SACD from Chesky and Reference Recordings. The sound quality of SACD is significantly better than CD; it is hard to go back to listen to many of my older CDs. The sound stage is so real, the instruments sound so natural, the performance is so vivid, it is hard to leave my listening chair. Now I start to understand why the Vinyl LP audiophiles have difficulty to switch to listen CD. They have enjoyed more music 40 years ahead of us.
I don't have a Rega reference CD player to compare this with, so I don't know how it stacks up to higher end units. The living room has an older Yahama 2-channel receiver, older Polk Audio Monitor Series towers and an old Miller & Kreisel V-90 powered sub (best sub I've personally ever heard, BTW, at any price); add in Kimber Kable interconnects and a living room with favorable acoustics. Frankly, the room dynamics and the source material matter a lot, so I hauled up my SACD collection from the home theater (well, OK, guest room) into the living room and put the Onkyo through its paces.
I've played around with the digital filters a bunch. Reviewers are correct about #4, it really provides a nice sound for Redbook CD. For SACDs, however, I switched them off and stayed with direct - filter 4 seemed to muddy the highs with SACD. I've read elsewhere that the filters with SACD material can bridge the gap to vinyl; I don't know about that, since I was in the Army and Reagan was President the last time set a needle onto spinning vinyl.
The build quality is superb - I liked the way it felt even as I unboxed the unit - the controls feel solid and the tray has a nice, solid sound to it as it slides in and out; it looks elegant on the shelf. I didn't notice drive motor noise, but then again I was listening to music, not looking for noise out of the player.
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