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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Sampling audio signals at a rate 64 times higher than CD, Super Audio CD gives you the closest possible approximation of being in the same room as the musicians. Little wonder, then, that it has established itself as the audiophiles’ format of choice. Now, with the C-S5VL, Onkyo makes quality audio more accessible than ever. The C-S5VL is a stellar playback solution for Super Audio CD—as well as regular CDs and WMA- or MP3-encoded discs—and makes an ideal partner for Onkyo’s slimline A-5VL integrated amplifier. The C-S5VL incorporates Onkyo’s VLSC™ technology, along with high-end Wolfson DACs, to ensure a pristine conversion of the audio signal from digital to analog. Meanwhile, a high-precision crystal oscillator and jitter-cleaner device work together to stabilize the clock frequency. You get meticulous timing for all digital signals and hence beautifully clear separation of musical instruments. So, if you want to get serious about digital audio playback, open your ears to the C-S5VL.
Top Customer Reviews
One thing though even though I am very satisfied with the players performance I took a peak inside the player and noticed that some of the capacitors were diferrent from what I had seen in the photos of the interior of the player on amazons listing.I have to wonder if the manufacturer is trying to save some money by substituting some inexpensive capacitors to cut manufacturing costs.I emailed onkyo about the different parts and never received a reply.
That said I am still very satisfied with the performance that the onkyo is giving me.The player is an amazing bargain I have seen some players that have just recently been introduced in 2011/2012 that are use the wolfson 9742 chip and they all are more expensive.This player has been around for at least a couple of years.It is to my knowledge the only player that was using this excellent dac chip.Bravo to onkyo.
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.
A couple of complaints: 1.) the player takes a long time to skip around the tracks (I mean, WAY too long... maybe I'm just spoiled by iTunes/Airtunes controlled by my iPhone) and 2.) the controls are impossible to see/operate in a darkened environment (hot tip, A/V designers: amber is vastly superior to blue for dimly light rooms like, say, home theaters).
UPDATE (Jan 2012) - well, I've had this player for nearly a year and have replaced everything mentioned above *except* this spinner. The old Yammy was upgraded with a NAD C375BEE and the crappy Polk Audio speakers with a set of M&K sats and sub, along with a NuForce ICON HDP and a pair of Grado RS-2 cans, using as sources either the Onkyo player (SACD or Redbook CDs) or my MacBook Pro (w/ Channel D's Pure Music audio engine and Apple Lossless media).
I mainly listen to the analog outs from the Onkyo player with the NuForce ICON HDP as a headphone amp, plugging in the Grado cans. I find this sound superior to the NADs headphone output.
I will repeat: the Onkyo really is a giant killer. I've compared other spinners that are 3-4x the cost (one example being the NAD M5); it's hard to say which ones are 'better', w/o ABX testing, but the Onkyo really does hold its own against more expensive spinners.