Revox Exception E-426 CD player
In my book,
ladies and gentlemen - this is the most pretty CD player in
the world. It strikes just the perfect balance between looking fancy
and being serious, unlike for example the Shanling (too sexy) or Jadis
(too startrek) or Air Forsell (too much of everything).
Revox also operates like a dream (which you can't see).
The first time I opened the top CD gate I ejaculated. It must be seen
be believed. (I mean the CD not the ejaculation).
The dac Philips TDA1547 (called also DAC7) used to be
the top chip after the TDA1541 had been ceased. Marantz used it in all
top models from 1995 (??) till almost now. I lampized it already in
Marantz CD-17 SE some time ago with good results.
In my opinion
this dac is quite cold, almost sterile. Except
being quite neutral in character it has nothing magical in it. Compared
by side to TDA1541A-S1 it shows a difference - the gap between a well
educated man and a genius. Between a good craftsman and a master.
between an OK DAC and the most musical DAC that I know of. TDA1541 is
more refined and musical.
The mechanism is
a simple but well made Philips VAM1205 and the output
stage is op-amp BB2604 regarded as the best there are
makes perfect sense for those who have the whole exception
set - tuner and amp. I am sure it fits every modern living room and
especially it matches well the Plasma TV and granite floors.
this is fantastic CD player but my Grundig 9009 can still safely
enjoy sitting on the throne.