I bought CD555 in 2014, exited the CDS2, and later added a second DR 555PS. Last year I added a Super Sarum Aray interconnect to the 552. Last night I was showing off the Verdier Kleos SL ( via Superline Supercap DR via Hiline ) with an old friend. I pulled out Kind of Blue on 45 RPM. We were also playing a Gold CD version of Kind of Blue to compare. I had never done this demo before. He and my wife (of 35 years, possessed of hypersensitive hearing) both preferred the CD555 to the KOB 45 on vinyl. We might debate the point, but suffice it to say, the CD555 is no ordinary CD player. I cannot foresee the day we will sell ours. The Sarum Super Aray shows it at its best, too. I never thought I would spend this much on an interconnect.
i am a bit surprised that you prefer kind of blue on cd555/2 555 dr rather than on your superb platine verdier/morch dp6/lyra kleos sl/ superline-supercap. Your kind of blue lp is an original one or mobile fidelity 45pm reissue? if your kind of blue reissue is a poor one, like a transfer from cd to lp, i am not surprised that you prefer this album on the cd555. But if it is the mobile fidelity one, something is wrong....
My turntable is an sme20 / sme 5/ kiseki blue ns / ear 912 phono and my digital an nds/555dr/ unitserve/ uptone audio js2. Both sounds fantastic and i have no preference: music after 1985 on my nds and before 1985 on my sme( only original lps or analogue productions or mofi).
When i put an original lp which is good recorded, the sound is notably better than the cd or high rez version.
Thanks for the note. This surprised me, too.
The Verdier has recently been upgraded with a Kleos SL, and its setup is well and expertly done. I think it is down to the difference between the Super Sarum vs. the HiLine. I just need to swap them and see. I have a BNC phono cable on order. That could also bring the Verdier back into line. Finally, there may have been a slight difference in volume between the formats. You and I, with some effort, might well have chosen the 45 LP. This was a quick demo for my friend and my wife. The point is that the CD555 credibly approaches high level vinyl, as it should for much more money than the Verdier setup.
I have the Sony Gold CD Super Bit Mapping KOB from years ago. The 45 KOB is a Classic Records single-sided 45 RPM reissue. Each was top shelf in its day and still sounds as good as ever.