Written on: 09/07/2009 by wikkaswhirled
The Pioneer PDS-505 Precision sounds pretty good connected thru beresford DAC(new), 2 my pioneer a400 + kef reference 104/2 all sitting on atacama equinox stand. NVA interconnects, QED coaxial + silver high breed spkr cables (highly recommended). Bass is maybe a touch lean without DAC but perhaps we're so used 2 listening 2 boomy basslines, treble's right up there (spkr cables let highs sing), seperation's good, voices sound pretty realistic, soundstage is top notch also plenty of headroom.... (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2008
Although no longer in production this is a player worth looking for a ex demo,or 2nd hand.I used to work in the hi-fi industry and have found it to be comparable to much higher costing cd players.Like everything in hi-fi though,it needs to be matched with care in order to fully appreciate it's capabilities.I would suggest that if you have the right system to hear it at it's best (wideband with low phase-shift )then all you need for an upgrade path is to have upgraded regs,analogue+psu... (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2003 by Ror.
Picked this up ex-dem for £220. Absolutely fantastic cd player. Sounds incredibly vivid and lifelike.
The bass isn't that well extended, I have to admit through it's own DAC, so I used a Entech 205.2 (£500) which really opened it out further, and gave the sound awesome extension.
Further to earlier comments, I added a Signals (www.signals.uk.com) Blackcurrent Mains lead. So a £220 CDP now ends up £800 ish, but it's such a magnificent sound, its well worth it.
Add the fact that it uses a... (read more)
Written on: 08/11/2002 by Andreas.
This is an exceptional player, especialy if you find it in a discount price. Timing and detail are first rate, and betters much pricier equipment on these points. Bass is OK, not the deepest, or strongest one, but it is tuneful and articulate. It has it's own opinion about the timbre of the instruments, as a result of a good implementation of "legato link conversion", but, as with the treble quality, depends on the recording: Voices can sound thick sometimes, and wind instruments exposed. ... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2002 by chicken-on-a-chain.
I got a rather good deal on this Pioneer pds505 precision CD player-it should have been £460 and I got it for £190 ( the shop made a mistake (HA!)). Only problem I have is what to match it with. It sounds fine with what I have at the moment (Rotel Ra931 amp, Kef coda 9 speakers). I have hauled it round quite a few shops and tried it with many different setups but nothing seems to work as well as it already does.
If anyone has a good starting point I'd love to know.
As for the player...It's... (read more)