Accuphase DP-77 CD Players

DP-77

  • High-grade playback not only of SACDs but also of conventional CDs
  • Single lens/twin pickup high-speed access mechanism
  • Digital processor ready for 2.8224 MHz/1 bit and 192 kHz/24-bit source formats
  • MDS Plus type D/A converter with ultimate conversion precision
  • Transport section outputs and digital inputs
  • HS-Link capability via option board

User Reviews (3)

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huseyin demircan   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 01, 2008]
Strength:

it does everything right for music, it makes music.

Weakness:

(almost) average CD tray mechanism

I own this product since about 1.5 yrs. It is simply amazing. I have gone through all my CDs and SACDs, and each time I was amazed how different (and startlingly superior) they sounded than before. I have used a number of CD players including marantz, Meridian and Krell, but none were even close. When I was listening some of my familiar and favorite CDs it happened that I stopped and checked the CD inside the player, because it sounded like I was hearing it the first time. So much detail, three dimensionality and most of all believeability was there.. Tonal colors are very accurate, soundstage is extremely deep and wide, and presentation is just smooouthhh.. Seperation of the instruments is superb, background noise is very very low. (non existent may be a better description, especially when used with Accuphase amplification) . In my own test, I turned the volume fully up, when both units were on but music was paused, and could only hear a slight hiss from to the loudspeakers when my ear was at 20 cm distance.
I think the only weakness of this superbly built and excellent sounding player may be the not so special CD tray mechanism. it works flawlessly and silently, but anyhow it looks like an off the shelf plastic mechanism used in many ordinary CD players. At this price point one would expect a more sophisticated and high tech mechanism.
Maybe because of this, DP 77 benefits a lot from vibration damping efforts. In my case, spikes did not work well, but ball bearing types (aurios isolation bearings ) worked wonders. The already excellent sound transformed to another level: more palpable, more airy, with tight and well defined bass, and vocals stood out from the stage more clearly as if they were energized.
Overall, this is a superb CD player which makes me wonder if anything can get better than this, and if yes how worthwile can it be..

Similar Products Used: Marantz
Meridian
Krell
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
macdisk   AudioPhile [May 24, 2008]
Strength:

Biulding quality, tone colors, dynamics...everything!

Weakness:

Display is not very bright - hard to read when the room is not dark. Retail price very high.

I own this player now for 2 months and I have to say, that it´s the best digital sounding machine I´ve been listening up to now. I had a DP-67 redbook player with which I was quite happy for more than one year, but the DP-77 is in a different league: Soundstage is much deeper, it brings out more details than the 67, which still is a very good player. Sound of the 77 is very smooth, more "analog", with a very deep bass range and tremendous silky trebles. I didn´t expect that SACDs could bring out even more sound. But they do! Listening to the SACD with Mahlers 3. Symphony
by San Francisco S.O. conducted by Tilson-Thomas is breath-taking!

The quality of building is excellent, it´s a pleasure to touch the buttons. I can´t imagine that digital sources can sound much better than with this player...

Similar Products Used: Accuphase DP-67, DP-55
Accuphase C-2400, P-1000.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
wagnerian   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 25, 2007]
Strength:


Silky smooth & hypnotising analog like sound. Almost wadia teritory build quality (massive 40 pounder) and aesthetically this one is the best audio design can be. Very beautiful finish almost jewel like... including the feeling of all the buttons. Graet pleasure. And amber color display was quite attractive like Japanese cherry blossom. (Display reads everything even the information on MP3 burned cd). the smoothest disc tray I have seen. Experience the sliding! And most of all it's dead quiet. You don't hear any sound from machine itself except music. Also there are all kind of upgrade options on the back of CDP but I can't be satisfied enough with its original playback. Enough said.

Weakness:

Can't think any... except the original price of US distributer. But finally got great price ($6500 was the original price in Japan I think. early 2006 it was $5700 ex demo unit in Japan when I checked through web.)


I have been using this gorgeous Accuphase for 1 year & I felt it's time to share my experience with others.

I was searching the best CDP as my cd collection grew up although I still prefered my Linn LP-12 with Ekos & Benz cartridge set up. Never loved the cd sound or SACD sound. Then I came across DP-100 & DC-101 set up and I was deeply impressed. Before this set up, I had heard many premium brands CDP and liked a lot Wadia 581. (other brands like Linn, Mcintosh, Goldmund, Krell.... all great but nothing came. However, I felt Marantz SA11 was the best value - only $2900 at the dealer. If someone's budget is under $3000, I would strongly recommend that SACDP. Krell was the worst to me & Gold mund was way overpriced.)
After listening Accuphase DP-100 & DC-101 set up, I asked auditioning next models as my budget was under 10K. DP-85 & DP-77 came though DP-85 was little bit over $10K. This one box DP-77 40 pounder beauty immediately catched my eyes & ears. I was almost buying Wadia. But this cdp really made me just dig into music. I ddin't expect a lot as DP-100 set up was $25K. but, this $6500 one was really great considering its price.(I was lucky to get this CDP when its price dropped $1500 due to the new DP-78. Originally it was $8000 plus tax. ) After trying a couple of red book cds. I tested with a few SACDs. I wouldn't express like jaw dropping something... It was like analog whether on Red book or on SACD which I couldn't feel on Wadia 581(581 was really great but it was still digital sound... but digital sound at its best with Dcs verdi set up)

I used to listen LPs & cds with 8:2 ratio before this DP-77. now I find myself more often listening this beauty though I still have less than 30 SACD while my cd collections reach around 1000.

I am not going to describe about its sonic as stereophile magazine reviewed DP-85 well which was almost identical wiith this. Listening is believing. This means you might prefer Wadia 581 unlike me. It's subjective thing to describe sonic side. However, To me, this cdp was the most natural & beatiful sounding machine under $10K.

Hats off to Accuphase. Period.

Customer Service

I don't think it will ever need.

Similar Products Used: Dcs, Wadia 581, Marantz SA11S1, Sony, Linn, Krell, Mark Levinson, Goldmund, Cary, MF,...etc.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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