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Old 12-04-2009, 01:00 AM
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Default World's First full review of the Rega ISIS...

Hello all:

Just in case you have a hankering to upgrade your CD player, here's a review that you might be interested in:

The Rega Isis CD Player – Spotlight | TONEAudio MAGAZINE

As always, thanks for reading!
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:26 AM
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Cool. Rega will archieve 2 laser assemblies for each unit just in case. I have a few friends whose very expensive in the day CD transports are now paper weights.

Thanks Jeff.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:45 AM
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Very nice. Rega makes good value gear which means this one must sound like the bee's knees!
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It is very impressive...
I'd put it right up there with the world's best.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:24 PM
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That's a serious CDP.
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It is very impressive...
I'd put it right up there with the world's best.
So Jeff...what CDPs would you say it competes with (ez to name the CDPs in the same price range) but if you were to think of all the "higher-end" CDs you have reviewed, which 2-3 would you say the ISIS is most like in terms of sonics and feature/functionality set (could be at any price point above $5,000)? Thx

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I did compare it to the Meridian 808, the Wadia 781 and the Naim 555 in my review...

They are all a little bit different, but the overall level of resolution in the ISIS is on par with the best.

The other player that I'm really excited about is the new SimAudio Moon 750. It's 11k and has a full set of DAC inputs along with ability to play high res AND they will be adding an external power supply this summer.

It's still breaking in, so too early to pass judgement!
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Thanks Jeff,

Very interesting.
Rega made very musical and natural sounding CDPs in the past.
I would be very curious to compare this high end toy with the MDA1000.
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I did compare it to the Meridian 808, the Wadia 781 and the Naim 555 in my review...

They are all a little bit different, but the overall level of resolution in the ISIS is on par with the best.

The other player that I'm really excited about is the new SimAudio Moon 750. It's 11k and has a full set of DAC inputs along with ability to play high res AND they will be adding an external power supply this summer.

It's still breaking in, so too early to pass judgement!
Jeff...I am really looking forward to your review of that bad boy. My dealer tells me that the 750D ($11K) is phenomenal (ofcourse he'll say that ). They are also using the 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC but have applied their own asynchronous jitter control technology to the chip, and they have digital in, so you can use it being driven by a computer/music server, or through its own transport (also proprietary not some cheapo OE job).









I want one!!
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Well, this time I have to say your dealer is right! The 750 is still breaking in, but I'm really impressed. What I like best about the 750 is the fact that an external power supply is on the way this summer, and like Naim, I know this will take it another step.

Also, I really like that it is a full function DAC and will play high res files. Much as I liked the sound of the Rega, I felt this was a flaw in the design. I can't imagine anyone going forward not wanting to have that capability.

I would buy the 750 in a heartbeat. (Matter of fact, I probably will buy the review sample...)
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