The disc is loaded by inserting it into the CD slot. It then takes the usual time to start up. You can then load whatever CD you want. The main thing the so-called universal CD player does is allow players to carry their discs with them. This is particularly useful for hackers. I highly recommend it. This machine is so cheap, and so easy to use, that it becomes a necessity for players who don't have the money to buy one of the higher end CD players.
In the SACD world, pretty much all the hardware you need is already in the player. An SACD is a CD with a very high bitrate, so the player may be able to decode it directly, or you can use an add-on SACD decoder. This is the only place you need a fairly powerful machine – unless you are actually recording onto a SACD or already have one.
But the main reason to own a SACD player is that it sounds better than any CD player, and the reason why is less to do with the decoder, and more to do with the technical aspects of recording music onto SACDs. SACDs are recorded in a way that no CD can match. The recording quality, the bitrate, all these things come together to make SACDs sound better than any other medium. The artist does not have to worry about whether the CD quality is good enough for most people to hear. They are told what the CD quality actually is, and given the chance to record the song at whatever quality they think sounds best. This is how you get music that sounds amazing.
But it's not one we'd go out of our way to recommend to people. We've always felt the best way to deal with a player is to ask questions about it - what they're looking for, what their expectations are, what they're willing to pay, and, above all, what they'll appreciate more than anything else. This is the main reason we don't recommend a player as a whole, as it's always better to recommend the player you'd like to see, rather than the player your dealer is pushing. You can't compromise a player. It's an all-or-nothing decision, and we'd always rather walk away with something we love than something that works for five minutes and then dies.
More than that, we think it's a great choice for CD players who struggle to get a good sound from their drives, because it can be a flexible, extremely well-thought-out, reliable player. It won't make you a star, but it can help you get one.
We've played around with many other players, and while it's hard to buy a player's individual quality, we've definitely found their interactions on an already well-loved CD to be compelling as a whole. And we know a lot of people who agree, as they've been raving about their experience with the Creek lately.
The reality is, right now, the Creek is a great choice if you're getting your first CD player, and it's a great choice if you want something different. And if you're looking for something different, we're glad to be in a position to recommend a player with high personal standards, and that only works if you understand what it is. 827ec27edc