Is your main CD player a dedicated CD player or a universal one?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by KevinP, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. KevinP

    KevinP Forum introvert Thread Starter

    A lot of us have dedicated CD players. A lot of use universal players. I'm curious about the ratio.

    This is about the player you use the most for playing CDs. (And not the player you use for DVDs, BRs, etc. if it's different.)

    Things to consider when voting:
    • SACDs are included as a dedicated player. A machine that plays CDs and SACDs but can't play DVDs, BRs, etc. is a dedicated CD player for this thread's purpose.
    • If you have a dedicated CD player but watch movies on a universal player, then please vote for dedicated player.
    • If you have one universal player for CDs and another universal player for movies, please vote for universal.
  2. Oatp1b1

    Oatp1b1 Forum Resident

    Dedicated CD play that only play redbook (sadly, but what can you do), but it also functions as a DAC for my streamer.
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  3. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
    Main CD player is CD only, a Leema Stream from 2008.
  4. nightstand68

    nightstand68 Forum Resident

    Xbox one. The swiss knife of my entertainment.
  5. Linger63

    Linger63 Forum Resident

    LOVE my OPPO 205
  6. Ezd

    Ezd Forum Resident

    I have both, so voted dedicated.
  7. Linger63

    Linger63 Forum Resident

    What's an "other"?
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  8. fogalu

    fogalu There is only one Beethoven

    Killarney, Ireland

  9. Ulises

    Ulises Forum Resident

    Denver, CO
    Dedicated CD player when not using Roon. PCM only. Vinyl is my SACD/DSD.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
  10. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    San Diego, CA, USA

    Marantz SA-KI Pearl CD/SACD

    Oh...and here is a picture, too :p
    SBurke, LA2019, caupina and 11 others like this.
  11. ClassicalCD

    ClassicalCD Make audio great again

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Dedicated, of course. A Marantz.
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  12. jh901

    jh901 Forum Resident

    Playback Designs MPS-5.
  13. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    Marantz CD5003. It is mostly used as transport to feed Schiit Gungnir Mult-Bit DAC. When I listen via the headphone out, it has a very warm, smooth signature - not quite immediate level of detail that I prefer, but certainly not bad by any stretch of the imagination.
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  14. The Pinhead

    The Pinhead SUDACA ROÑOSO

    Dedicated, but no SACD capabilities; don't need them, don't want them. I wouldn't buy them even if the player could read them.
  15. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Bayside, NY
    OPPO 203 for everything. Except vinyl & LDs.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
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  16. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    New York city
    Absolutely love my Oppo 203- does everything I need
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  17. Dan Steele

    Dan Steele Forum Resident

    Chicago suburbs
    For the main player dedicated, Marantz CD6006. Probably 75% of my music listening is through this unit. As others have mentioned, I have another player a Sony universal (cd, SACD, DVD-A) for the minority of my discs and movies or concert DVDs.
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  18. TarnishedEars

    TarnishedEars Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA
    My main CD player is an Oppo 103 universal. However, I have a Vanity HD card installed in it, and I ONLY use it as a transport for my PS Audio Direct Stream DAC. It's great having something which plays every single format I care about and which also sounds amazing with every type of media.

    Up until I discovered that I could have a two-box SACD player solution, I always had a single box SACD player. But with the Vanity card installed in my Oppo, I can even play SACDs natively as DSD on my DAC.

    I love this solution because it both sounds amazing, and because I don't have a very expensive door stop when my transport dies, like happened with my Sony SCD-1.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
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  19. Audiowannabee

    Audiowannabee Forum Resident

    Main cdp is onyko dedicated.

    Have oppo 203 for movies bluray

    Have sherwood dvd / sacd also.....just recently bought but sometimes having problems....might have to return and go for square trade warranty...bummer

    Use cdp for redbook to save wear n tear on oppo n sherwood
    Yep all my inputs are being used
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  20. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Tascam cd player/recorder. I think all of my dvd players can play cds also. None of them are blu-ray players though... :shrug:
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  21. Done A Ton

    Done A Ton Birdbrain

    Rural Kansas
    JVC XL-R5010BK CD recorder, purchased refurbished on ebay in 2004, for $162. I quit burning CDs with it when I got a Tascam DA-3000, but it's still my CD player. A nice feature is the ability to load three CDs for continuous playback. The most important thing is sound quality. It sounds great to me.
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  22. Stillhouse

    Stillhouse Forum Resident

    Mine's a Sony CDP-670, $4 Goodwill find.
    CDFanatic, LitHum05, olschl and 3 others like this.
  23. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker member number 666

    Northern VA, USA
    I have a Yamaha DVD-A/SACD player as my main CD player in the living room, and a Denon DVD-1920 with the same capabilities as my main CD player in my office. Both thrift finds - HDMI enabled "Universal" DVD players - the last of their breed. I used Sony Blu-Ray players for Blu-ray audio.
  24. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Yo-Yoing where I will...

    Brooklyn New York
    CD only: SONY XA20ES
  25. Pancat

    Pancat Senior Member

    Still EU. For now.
    Oppo 105D for everything. I did have a lovely Marantz 8005 for CD/SACD as well but couldn’t justify having both when money was a bit short. It does everything, including ripping SACDs and streaming Tidal. The app is really cool,too. I save wear and tear on the transport by using an attached HD full of music files.
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