The battle of the Denons
I had the opportunity to try these two beautiful machines side by side,
two similar lampized golden Denons, yet so different.
The build of the older machine seen on the left (DCD-2562) is a
whole league better. It is very solid and nice to touch. The newer
model looks great but is lightweight and a little flimsy.
The transports could not be more different. In the 2562 it is Sony's
second best kss151A, truly high end transport, comparable only to
Teac's VRDS 3 or
Philips CDM1. In the 1450 - the Sharp plastic mechanism is probably the
cheapest one they could get away with - which does not mean it is bad.
It is working great.
The real difference of interest for us folks is the sound of the DAC
the Analogue Devices AD1862 is a 20 bit chip from very famous family of
AD18XX DACs. The 1862 (I think) is used in the best DAC machine -
It produces sound which is extremely precise , with high contrasts,
deep bass, large scene, lots of details, very transparent and lively.
But so far I have only heard it with op-amp in the path. I absolutely
MUST re-do it with a resistor.
The 1450AR has a different chip - BurrBrown's most successful PCM1702,
which can be found in Wadia 850, 860, Levinson 36, Naim, Accuphase
DP65, Kenwood 's flagship 7090, Pioneer's flagship PDS-06 and many more.
The fame of this DAC is no coincident. It produces extremely beautiful
sound; easy flowing, liquid, coherent, musical and transparent.
Probably easier on the ear than the Analogue Devices chip but I would
really hard pressed to make my choice between them.
(a side note made 2 years later: that
comparison was a close call because both players were lampized with
volt out and when the 2650 was later converted to Iout - that did it.
The 2650 not only looks and feels in another league, but sounds as