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Old 08-07-2019, 02:43 PM   #1
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Hey all, I'm going to GUESS that CDs now count as some degree of "Old school" music format...

I'm looking for a decent-good quality stand alone music player to go with an older (but still fantastic and in fine working order) Yamaha amp and Definitive tower speakers. I am in the middle of a big move, so with moving costs, new deposits/payments, and needing to upgrade/add some home essentials as is...I am on a bit of a budget. I'm just looking for something that's not super fancy/boutique level, but that also might produce better sound quality that just buying a stand alone DVD/blu-ray player (since those are much easier to find these days).

UNLESS there are any recommended stand-alone DVD/Blu players that are actually worth considering???
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Unless you get a really high end CD player with a very good DAC, you are better off letting your receiver do the decoding, in which case the player will have minimal impact on the sound quality. I'd just get a decent blu ray player instead. Those are in higher demand than CD players, so they cost less for comparable quality.
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Old 08-09-2019, 01:28 AM   #3
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My picks,

Onkyo C-7030 Compact Disc Player (Own 1)

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004UR487A/

Tascam CD-200BT Rackmount Professional CD Player with Bluetooth Wireless (Own 1)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008224WPM

Yamaha CD-S300BL Natural Sound CD Player

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00916E6FE?th=1

Any OPPO Blu-ray player from OPPO BDP-83 and Up (Own Oppo Digital BDP-93 and Oppo Digital DV-983H, both great CD Players)

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Old 08-15-2019, 05:24 AM   #4
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Anyone still own a Sony DVP-S7000? Mine's still going strong. First DVD player I ever purchased. Dual discrete optical pick-up. Great CD player.

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Old 08-15-2019, 03:29 PM   #5
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Anyone still own a Sony DVP-S7000? Mine's still going strong. First DVD player I ever purchased. Dual discrete optical pick-up. Great CD player.

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Good to know! Anyone know about how long the drives should last on these? And/or how expensive it would be to have one repaired?

I'm now debating tracking one of these down on eBay (or any other recommended used audio equipment sites??)

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Old 08-16-2019, 12:51 AM   #6
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Good to know! Anyone know about how long the drives should last on these? And/or how expensive it would be to have one repaired?

I'm now debating tracking one of these down on eBay (or any other recommended used audio equipment sites??)
Not sure. I bought mine from Circuit City for $1,000 back when Sony first made them available. CD's still play without a hitch. There are plenty used units available on EBay for $60-$100 shipped on average. Well, last time I checked.
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A CD Player just plays the disc(s), it doesn't have anything to do with the sound quality. It's the receiver. You can get a decent CD player for a little or nothing anywhere.
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Good to know! Anyone know about how long the drives should last on these? And/or how expensive it would be to have one repaired?
It really depend on the duration of use. If you typically play a lot of CDs, then the drive will wear out quicker than usual, but that's to be expected because, it's from normal wear and tear. Nothing last forever. When a CD drive goes bad, it's not worth getting it repaired because, it's going to cost more versus buying a new one. The labor will cost three times as much as the part, so it will better just to buy a new CD player, if something goes wrong with the drive. Standalone CD players are dirt cheap now, and they're not worth getting it repaired.

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I'm now debating tracking one of these down on eBay (or any other recommended used audio equipment sites??)
As stated before, CD Players are very inexpensive, and you can buy a brand new CD player ( with a year manufacturer's warranty) almost the same price as a used item on ebay without a warranty. No, do not buy a used player from anywhere, buy it brand new, and then you'll get a 1 year warranty along with it.

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Old 08-16-2019, 02:09 PM   #9
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A CD Player just plays the disc(s), it doesn't have anything to do with the sound quality. It's the receiver. You can get a decent CD player for a little or nothing anywhere.
strongly disagree,i that true go buy a memorex cd player
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strongly disagree,i that true go buy a memorex cd player
CD players have improved over the years, so they are not that much difference between them now. Most of the brands are manufactured by the same company anyway, but marketed under a different name.

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Old 08-19-2019, 08:51 PM   #11
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Not sure. I bought mine from Circuit City for $1,000 back when Sony first made them available. CD's still play without a hitch. There are plenty used units available on EBay for $60-$100 shipped on average. Well, last time I checked.
Yeah, that's the range I've seen as well. But, sadly with used, and an 11-12 year old player....also don't wanna spend even that price to have it die within a year.

Based on an answer I got in the Panasonic UBP820 thread, I think I can just use that as a CD player hooked to my Yamaha 5280 via RCA cables, and still have it hooked up to my Atmos soundbar etc for watching movies via HDMI.

Though, I might also try to find a stand alone Panny blu-ray player or something along those lines as well.

Semi tempted on the Yamaha CD player someone recommended above, but...$300 is a bit more than I'd like to spend for just a CD player
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Based on an answer I got in the Panasonic UBP820 thread, I think I can just use that as a CD player hooked to my Yamaha 5280 via RCA cables, and still have it hooked up to my Atmos soundbar etc for watching movies via HDMI.
Given that, there's no need to get a separate CD player unless you want to start listening to SACDs, which the 820 doesn't support.
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A CD Player just plays the disc(s), it doesn't have anything to do with the sound quality. It's the receiver. You can get a decent CD player for a little or nothing anywhere.
That's statement is only partially true. It will depend on if you are using the CD player's DAC (RCA or XLR output) or if you are using your receiver's DAC (Digital Coax , Optical , or AES/BU output).
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That's statement is only partially true. It will depend on if you are using the CD player's DAC (RCA or XLR output) or if you are using your receiver's DAC (Digital Coax , Optical , or AES/BU output).
I think you are giving him too much credit even conceding that is partially true.
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