Where to buy CD3 adapter?

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  1. henryjg

    henryjg Active Member Thread Starter

    San Francisco, CA
    Any idea where I can get a couple of CD3 adapters? I'm referring to the ring a 3-inch CD fits into so that the CD can be played on equipment designed only for 5-inch CDs (like my iMac).
  2. tinymontgomery

    tinymontgomery Well-Known Member

    I can't answer your question, but I'm going to sound a killjoy note of caution about using 3" CDs with an adaptor on equipment that isn't expressly designed to handle them. I've seen a few instruction manuals that warn against such behaviour.

    Not your kind of Mac, I appreciate, but this came up from some random Googling:

  3. I have never seen a 3" adaptor. I thought that every CD player just played 3" CDs without an adaptor.
  4. tinymontgomery

    tinymontgomery Well-Known Member

    Here you go:


    Early CD players manufactured prior to the launch of the 3" CD (I saw my first in 1987) would require one of these, not having the appropriate indentation in the tray. Clip the 3" CD into the adapter, place the 5" adapter/CD combo in the tray. Man, they were fiddly.
  5. mscoll

    mscoll Well-Known Member

    UK, South East
  6. marcel

    marcel Alea Iacta Est

    yup. I don't remember seeing a CD player that needed an adaptor; including CD/DVD players/burners for personal computers
  7. soundboy

    soundboy Forum Resident

    Early CD players couldn't play 3" CDs. I got my first CD player in 1987 and I needed an adaptor.

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  8. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Nowadays, you are better off in this case to buy an external CD burner to play these discs in a computer or you may have to buy one of those 3" CD singles on eBay to get the adapter.
  9. Rick58

    Rick58 Forum Resident

    Tracy, CA, USA
    I'd join the chorus advising against using these in your iMac. My (then young) daughter stuck some card/CD thing into our old slot loading iMac, I had to bring it to a shop to get it out.

    MAYBE it could work, but is it worth $100 or more to find out? I think I still have the adapter like in the picture above, but I ain't gonna try it ...
  10. henryjg

    henryjg Active Member Thread Starter

    San Francisco, CA
    I can appreciate the caution about not putting an adapter into an iMac disc slot. Any suggestions as to an external CD drive that will accept a 3-inch CD without an adapter?
  11. rxcory

    rxcory mastering connoisseur

    Portland, Oregon
    You could always take it somewhere that has a computer CD drive with an extending tray, rip it there, and save the files to a thumb drive. I have a MacBook Pro so I took the few 3-inch CDs I have to work and ripped them there.
  12. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Dayton, Ohio USA
    I have a couple T Rex 3" CD Singles with an adapter like this.
    I'm gonna try to see if I can rip them.
    Don't know why I haven't tried yet.

  13. impalaboy

    impalaboy Forum Resident

    Boise, Idaho
    You should be able to find one on eBay, but you will probably have to buy a 3inch CD with it...not that that's a bad thing. :winkgrin:
  14. Lownotes

    Lownotes Forum Resident

    Denver, CO
    I probably have an extra one I can send you. PM me your address.
  15. sublemon

    sublemon Forum Resident

    I would say pretty much any external CD/dvd/etc drive currently made will be able to play a 3" cd. I haven't seen one that could not in ages.
  16. sublemon

    sublemon Forum Resident

    they usually have a little indented area on the tray for such discs. One thing to note, even with the indent, don;'t mount it vertically. at least, I have had pcs with internal drives that could play 3" cds fine when horizontal, but when vertical, the disc could fall out of the tray while it was closing.
  17. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    I would only try to play a 3" CD in a horizontal tray-loading transport that has a separate indentation for the 3" CD format. Don't use the adapters at all. I've had them come off inside the transport, and it's a bitch-and-a-half to open up the machine and take it out.

    The 3" CD format was cute, but I think it was impractical for a lot of reasons.
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  18. Lazlo Nibble

    Lazlo Nibble Well-Known Member

    Denver, Colorado
    These things were never designed to be spun at CD-ROM drive speeds. If the thing comes off inside the drive you could very easily trash the transport itself, slot-loader or not.

    I love how ridiculously overengineered Sony's adapter was. :)
  19. xroomie

    xroomie New Member

    2015. Here:
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