Lonnie Vaughn on the New ERC-3 CD Player from Emotiva Nov 13, 2013 18:00:58 GMT -5
Post by Bonzo on Nov 13, 2013 18:00:58 GMT -5
It has been reported that the ERC-3 incorporates the analog stage adopted from the Emotiva Pro DC-1 DAC, currently on sale for about 50 bucks more @ $499.
I have absolutely no doubt the ERC-3 sounds wonderful. How? I owned the Emotiva Pro DC-1 DAC and I am very pleased with it.
Since I own the DC-1, I unfortunately have no current need for another new CD player-- especially since my DC-1 DAC has the same analog stage.
In the future, if Emotiva ever manufactures a no holds barred C/D transport (without any analog stage) @ $449, that would most likely be my last CD player for purchase.
Your notes lead me to the only thing I see possibly missing from this player. In today's day and age, DAC usage is all the rage. So much so that Oppo basically invented the digital input to a stand alone disc player. Emotiva is so proud of their DC-1 configuration, it's too bad they didn't add a digital input section to the back. I'm sure they left it off for cost saving reasons, and the fact that not everyone would need it (so it would seem stupid to a lot of people). But that would have essentially made this a CD player and a DC-1 all in one (minus the headphone amp). It would have just added that final level of "ultimate" to an already great CD player. Perhaps that will come with the ERC-4?
About the tray shifted to one side, funny how young everyone here seems to be. For about the first 10 years of CD players being around, that's mostly all there was. Almost every one had the tray shifted to the left, not in the center. So the shifting is fine by me. But I love how Emotiva went against the norm and put it on the right. Classic.