Opera Audio Consonance CD-120 Linear CD Players

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

16 bit 44.1kHz CD-player
Philips's TDA-1543 Non-oversampling DACs
No brickwall digital filter
No op-amp at all
J-FET/Transisters filter
Discrete I/V circuit sounds much better than the ICs
Short signal path w/ less number of parts

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Gerard a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Opera Audio Consonance CD120 Linear. Paoi MYR 2,800 approx. USD 900

Looking around for a replacement for my old MLD Player, the Denon LA3500G, I chanced upon the CD120 Linear. While at CJ Audio, slow numbers were being played and I thought it sounded good, so I took one home.

After settling down, during casual listening, going through it's paces, I soon noticed that on playing Dire Straits, the presentation seem boring. What went wrong, I kept asking myself, let's start all over again.

Started with some sparse recordings, selected Selena Jones (vocals with limited instruments), boy, does Selena Jones sound great, that sultry voice. Next, went on to Mary Black, Babes in the wood. Uh oh, signs of a slight compression was detected. Space around instruments / vocals were now limited.

I began to suspect that this CD120 Linear won't rock, so with a heavy heart, I put on Stevie Ray Vaughn's Voodoo Child. Sure enough, PRAT went out the window. Looks like complex material left it gasping for breath. Lead guitar had no power, drums, like, shod with soggy skins. The presentation felt somewhat veiled. Moving on to Erich Kunzel on Telarc's recording, that's it! The entire ensemble was so tightly packed in, it sounded really congested. There was no more air left. The beautiful simmering highs heard on simple material, is now reduced to a choking flat "high". In this instance, the Denon LA3500G, though not outstanding, in fact gave a much livelier and more detailed performance.

It's really sad to note that the CD120 Linear is not an all rounder, the consolation is that, at least, it does come into it's own with regards to simple, sparse pieces, I quite like the presentation of Ricky Lee Jones though. She comes through pretty well here.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   CJ Audio, The Mall,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mjcmt a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2008

Bottom Line:   
This is the first CD player I have owned that does digital playback right.

The music seems to flow from the soundstage it presents, rather than forcing itself on you, thanks to the lack of a brickwall digital filter. In the midst of its relaxed presentation there is excellent pace, rhythm, and timing. This player is not slow and ponderous like some relaxed players, but it is exciting and quick sounding. It has analogue-like dynamics.

It presents the highs so they sound very real without harshness, edginess, or splashiness. Furthermore, there is also excellent warmth, body, and bass. The soundstage is wide, high, and deep giving you a "you-are-there" feel to the music.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon

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