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Old 01-09-2016, 05:53 AM
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Default Audio Research CD6 vs CD9

Hi all,
I'm new to this forum but I really like it, so much great input and knowledge, it makes for such interesting reading, just getting back to my beloved audio/music hobby and would love to hear opinions on ARC CD6 vs CD9 opinions, building a new setup consisting of Amati Futura, Ref 150, Ref 5SE and above. Do you think there is huge difference between those two players, I know that 6 is solid state and 9 tube just wonder if extra $$ is worth it? previously had ML 39/ 360S combo I see lots good comments in regards to Esoteric but have no knowledge about this brand.
Also would like to hear your opinions on what speaker and power cables you guy could recommend, many years ago had a set up with all Valhalla speaker and interconnects PS audio power and really like it but that was about 10 years ago so not sure how cable tech has progress.
Thank you in advance for your input

O also just paid for AA subscription will that allow me to see your AA market ads?
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:15 AM
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Andrew, welcome to AA. Look forward to having another ARC fan around.

The answer to you last question is Yes. Highly recommended buying from fellow AAers.

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Old 01-09-2016, 12:49 PM
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I have both a Ref CD7 and a DAC8. The DAC in the CD7 is much better than the DAC8. Warmer and smoother. I have not really spent much time with the Ref CD9. The huge price increase over the CD8 turned me off. Also I like the idea of having a separate DAC for computer files. If price is an issue I would consider an earlier Ref CD7 or CD8 over the CD6. My guess is that the sound of the DAC section in the CD6 is very similar to my DAC8.

I am very happy with my Ref CD7 and have really felt no need to upgrade.
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Old 01-09-2016, 03:45 PM
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I have the reference CD7 and it's great spinner. My ARC dealer won't carry the CD9 because he couldn't sell them. . Sells lots of CD6. Also he only carries the Reference 75E amp. He couldn't sell any of the G series. Also carries Vsi60 and Vsi75. He's been an ARC dealer for 25+ years and says the company is pricing itself out of the market.

His big sellers now are Bryston and Prima Luna!!
That said I love my Vsi75, Reference7 CD, and DAC 7. Great system!!
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:15 PM
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I have the CD9 and just love it for playing redbook CDs. Whereas other players might find a bit more detail, the CD9 is more musical. Many reviewers have written that it is one of the very few CD players that make CD's sound analogue.
Given that the maker is ARC and their forte is tubes I believe that the CD9 more than the CD6 is where you get something special.

Roy Gregory wrote about the CD9 about a month or two ago in HiFi+.

In a follow up to me he wrote,

"The Ref 9 might not be the most detailed player in the World, especially at low frequencies where it is a little warm and wooly, but it has one enormous virtue: where players like the dCS and Esoterics might lift more "words" off of the disc, the ARC manages to make the words it does lift into much more meaningful sentences and paragraphs. It may not have the detail when it comes to individual notes or technique, but it gives phrases and musical lines far more shape, creating a greater sense of the piece as a whole, where you are in it and where it's going. No wonder it's so much more enjoyable to listen to!"

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I have the CD9 and just love it for playing redbook CDs. Whereas other players might find a bit more detail, the CD9 is more musical. Many reviewers have written that it is one of the very few CD players that make CD's sound analogue.
Given that the maker is ARC and their forte is tubes I believe that the CD9 more than the CD6 is where you get something special.

Roy Gregory wrote about the CD9 about a month or two ago in HiFi+.

In a follow up to me he wrote,

"The Ref 9 might not be the most detailed player in the World, especially at low frequencies where it is a little warm and wooly, but it has one enormous virtue: where players like the dCS and Esoterics might lift more "words" off of the disc, the ARC manages to make the words it does lift into much more meaningful sentences and paragraphs. It may not have the detail when it comes to individual notes or technique, but it gives phrases and musical lines far more shape, creating a greater sense of the piece as a whole, where you are in it and where it's going. No wonder it's so much more enjoyable to listen to!"

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ARC does make really good spinners no doubt about it.
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:08 AM
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Many thanks guys for your input,
I have option to get CD9 so I will have good listening session in next few weeks.
I also just notice nice new thread "CD9 vs Esoteric" which is very helpful what a perfect timing)
Thank you all,
Andrew
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Keep us posted on your opinions!
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:52 AM
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Thank you pete6737 I manage to find the market place and its great this forum really looks like perfect "one stop shop" for audiophile fix
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