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

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

  1. sturgus

    sturgus Forum Resident

    St. Louis Mo
    Still using my 23 year old Pioneer PD-75.
  2. fogalu

    fogalu There is only one Beethoven

    Killarney, Ireland
    Likewise! Great machine.
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  3. Gie663

    Gie663 Forum Resident

    Flanders (Belgium)
    My Roksan Kandy K2 is a cd player only, but it has served me very well over the last 5 or 6 years. Its reliability is a hundred percent, it hasn’t refused a single cd so far.
  4. jmg1949

    jmg1949 Well-Known Member

    St. Louis
    Still using a nearly 18 year old Ah! Njoe Tjoeb CD player--a Marantz 4000 modified by a Dutch company and sold by Upscale Audio. Don't hear much about them but I think it sounds great.
    Dave, c-eling and Gie663 like this.
  5. ShockControl

    ShockControl Bon Vivant and Raconteur!

    Lotus Land
    My CD player died a few years back so I'm using a Blu-Ray player. There is no track readout, so it is not ideal for skipping around, but it plays CDs flawlessly.

    I'm thinking about paying 10 bucks for an early-model CD player, readily available at a thrift store near me.
  6. chili555

    chili555 Forum Resident


    My Oppo UDP-205 is connected by its analog L+R to my preamp for playing CDs. It is also connected to my A/V processor by HDMI for Blu-Ray, UHD 4k and DVD playback. It is also connected to the A/V processor by 7.1 analog for SACD, DVD-A and Blu-Ray Audio playback.

    I prefer one box and less is more.
    David M., Steve Simm and Sterling1 like this.
  7. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    Dedicated. Transport/DAC in living room, non-oversampling player in bedroom. Both Redbook only.
    enfield likes this.
  8. rfs

    rfs Forum Resident

    Lansing, MI USA
    Oppo 103, but no video connected. HK DVD-48 in bedroom system for CD and SACD.
  9. Gramps Tom

    Gramps Tom Forum Resident

    Dedicated cd player. DENON DCM-460 5-cd changer. It has served me flawlessly for many years.....
  10. darkmass

    darkmass Forum Resident

    Main player is a dedicated CD/SACD player: Arcam CD37.

    However, and primarily for video (and SACD ISO ripping), I'm also running a region-free Oppo BDP-103...which is paralleled with a (U.S. region) UHD Panasonic DMP-UB900. Off topic for this thread is that once the UHD Panasonic DP-UB9000 I have on order comes in, the UB900 will be shuffled out and retired.

    If they are fit for purpose, I have no problem with multiple boxes.
  11. jl151080

    jl151080 Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    I recently bought an Arcam CDS50, which plays CD; SACD and has a streaming function.

    For BR, DVD and SACD in 5.1 I use my Cambridge Audio 751BD player.
  12. apesfan

    apesfan "Going Ape"

    Esoteric sa-50 for Audio system.
    Oppo 203 for little theatre room.
    John M.
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  13. BSC

    BSC Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    A cheap Sony with a great DAC means I have the best digital I've ever had previously owned Esoteric SACD and an Oppo 105.
    Sterling1 likes this.
  14. McGuy

    McGuy Forum Resident

    McIntosh MVP861. Never thought I'd even want to listen to SACDs, BUT the ones I've chosen, very carefully of course, blow regular CDs out of the water. And yes, I know a lot of SACDs are not great. For instance, Gaucho - obviously better than a CD and honestly, on par if not better than my vinyl version.
  15. Bullis

    Bullis Forum Resident

    Sony ES
  16. Bert Oz

    Bert Oz Well-Known Member

    Simaudio Moon 260D, CD only.
  17. Sterling1

    Sterling1 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    OPPO UDP-205
    Sony DVP-S9000ES
  18. Sterling1

    Sterling1 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    My OPPO is unbalanced analog stereo out to pre/pro and multi-channel analog out to multi-channel analog preamplifier (multi-channel SACD output is converted from DSD to PCM to output at user selected crossover/levels for bass management), since my analog preamp does not have a crossover function.
  19. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Likewise. Cyrus CDi. Love it
  20. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    Wanted to size down the amount of equipment in the living room so I went with a do all machine but didn't want to compromise sound quality so I purchased the best one I could find. Ayre DX 5
    MaxxMaxx4 and KevinP like this.
  21. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

    Rotel RCD-991- dedicated CD player still in service after 18 years
  22. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Wow. That really is impressive. I guess from your avatar you dont use every day?
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  23. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    Dedicated CD player which rarely plays CDs. I use it mainly as a DAC as all my CDs are ripped to AIFFs. It's a Resolution Audio Opus 21.
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  24. ghostofzuul

    ghostofzuul Harvester of Sorrow

    i use an Oppo 980H as my disc player... i have digital coaxial out to my DAC for mostly everything but I do have some HDCD's which require the single ended connection so I also have the Oppo going direct to my preamp. I hardly use it as most of my music now is on my harddrive. I still have close to 1000 cd's though... so I keep a player around for the obscure stuff I haven't dumped in the hard drive yet or isn't available on amazon unlimited.
    The Pinhead likes this.
  25. GyroSE

    GyroSE Forum Resident

    You're correct about that- I rarely use it nowadays but it's still in great condition and IMHO very good sounding especially with HDCD discs.
    Fishoutofwater likes this.

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