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Stephen Meijas has posted a review of the Emotiva ERC-2 CD player ($449) at Stereophile. His conclusions:
“I have a rule: A good hi-fi component should make me want to listen to more music—drive me out of the office and into a record shop to explore more music. If it doesn’t do that, something is very wrong. No matter how much it costs, what it looks like, or how sexy it might look to potential mates, if a component doesn’t fuel my search for more new music, it’s worthless.
During my time with the Emotiva ERC-2 CD player, I found myself buying more CDs than I had in years. And I’m so happy about it. If not for the Emotiva ERC-2, I might not have experienced the full and heavy pleasure of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto feeding my mind and expanding my listening-room walls with “By This River”—music of painful beauty and enormous soul. That alone is worth the meager $449. The rest is lagniappe. I could live without the blue lights and the big, fancy remote. I would hate to go on without the music. ”
You can read the full review here.