Dismiss Notice
We are making some updates and reconfigurations to our server. Apologies for any downtime or slow forum loading now or within the next week or so. Thanks!

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

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

  1. Paul_s

    Paul_s Forum Resident

    North England
    Sony CDP-557ESD - I used to have two of these but sold one; one is enough - I realised after 2 years the 557 will probably outlive me.

  2. awizard

    awizard Forum Resident

    I voted dedicated but disagree with SACD being included as a category. To me this it not a dedicated CD player if it has SACD capability.
  3. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    The budget du jour, Onkyo 7030.

    I lusted after the far pricier 7000-R, but couldn't justify the scratch.
  4. tineardrum

    tineardrum Well-Known Member

    Technics SL-PD687. 5 disk changer. Still working flawlessly. Knock on wood.
  5. Omnio

    Omnio _ _ _ ____ ____ _ _ _

    It took me forever to find one, but ever since I purchased my Sonic Frontiers SFCD-1 cd player it is my source. I got a pair of Tungsram NOS tubes to replace the cheap Sovtek tubes with and it's a sonic bliss. I have yet to meet a cd player that sounds better to these ears. My only gripe is that I can't play back SACD but what can you expect from a cd player that was designed back in 1993.

  6. MacGyver

    MacGyver Forum Resident

    PIONEER ELITE PD-91 (1988) and PD-M90X (1987)

    Paul_s, The Pinhead and PhilBiker like this.
  7. MTB Vince

    MTB Vince Forum Resident

    • PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport into a Direct Stream DAC for CD only.
    • Meridian 598 CD/DVD transport into 861 pre-processor for DVD-Audio.
    • Oppo 103 via Meridian HD621 into my 861 for SACD.

    Lots of silver disc spinners!
    Lonson likes this.
  8. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker sh.tv member number 666

    Northern VA, USA
    The AVR has HDMI 1.0 inputs - very rudimentary. To give you an idea of how old they are, the maximum video resolution they support is 1080i. Every format plays perfectly in multichannel over the 5.1 high resolution PCM over HDMI except SACD multichannel. When I play SACD multichannel it reverts to (I can only assume) a downmixed stereo signal. I can't tell you why - I only assume it's some kind of handshaking - or perhaps the ancient AVR can't handle the odd bitdepth/rate of multichannel DSD converted to PCM in multichannel.

    I now have a Denon DVD-3910 connected by analog so my multichannel SACDs sound wonderful in that room.
  9. Kal Rubinson

    Kal Rubinson Forum Resident

    DSD support was not added to HDMI protocol until v1.2
    caupina and Sterling1 like this.
  10. Sterling1

    Sterling1 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    That Denon is nice. So, it has 5.1 RCA output, which connects to 5.1 RCA inputs on your receiver?
  11. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Worcester, MA, USA
    I do most of my CD listening in my Jeep as I have little time to sit and critically listen to CD's at home.

    I have an OPPO BDP-93 as part of my HT setup but rarely use it to listen to CD's.

    If I am going to spend time just sitting and listening to music it is vinyl only these days.
    Sterling1 likes this.
  12. ibanez_ax

    ibanez_ax Forum Resident

    2 Blu-ray players that can play SACDs and DVD audio.
    Sterling1 likes this.
  13. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

    south florida, usa
    Dedicated CD player.
  14. Moon42

    Moon42 Active Member

    Dedicated player Copland CDA823 and universal player OPPO BDP-95, both sound excellent.
  15. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker sh.tv member number 666

    Northern VA, USA
    The Sony has an option to transcode to PCM. That's what I use. Works perfectly for stereo SACDs. Works perfectly for multichannel as well in my basement system.

    Yup. I could theoretically connect it by HDMI but the "secret sauce" of the Denon is the DACs and analog circuitry so why not use it?
    Sterling1 likes this.
  16. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
    How times change. The Leema went a month ago and I'm back to using the ever excellent Cambridge 752BD universal player. This goes into both a Roksan K3 DAC and also a Tisbury passive preamp so I can benefit from using both the DAC or the Cambridge directly (eg, if using SACD which the Roksan can't accept).
    PhilBiker likes this.
  17. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Perfect Sound Through Crystal Clear Digital

    Dedicated CD/SACD, the only way to go! :agree:

    CDFanatic and PhilBiker like this.
  18. Sterling1

    Sterling1 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    Yes, indeed, why not use it. I've taken the same route, my OPPO 205's 5.1 analog out to a Sony TA-P9000ES Analog Multi-Channel Preamplifier. In this set up the OPPO manages bass. That's nice since the preamp does not have the same sort of comprehensive bass control.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2019
    PhilBiker likes this.
  19. Sterling1

    Sterling1 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    It's the way to go if you have no interest in listening to 5.1 SACDs. I enjoy the breadth and depth of multi-channel so I purchased an OPPO-205 rather than a Marantz. I think the Marantz has a beautiful case which inspires confidence that its sound is worth the expense.
    Litejazz53, The Pinhead and PhilBiker like this.
  20. nosliw

    nosliw Azunyan! にゃーーー!

    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    This is my CD player, the Nakamichi CDP-2A:

  21. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    I have a handful of dedicated players now, I swap them in and out, depending on what second hand
    piece I've just acquired.
    My designated guy right now is a 15 dollar 'Technics SL-PG300'.
    Seems to go alright.
    CDFanatic and PhilBiker like this.
  22. Kal Rubinson

    Kal Rubinson Forum Resident

    Yeah. That's what they all did prior to V1.2.
  23. Il Zio

    Il Zio Forum Resident

    Marco Island, FL
    Oppo UDP-203 fed directly into a Marantz MM7025 power amp. No preamp.

    I ripped all my DVDs (and CDs too) to an SSD using Handbrake and keep that plugged into the back of the Oppo. The SSD is so slim that it slides into the gap between the Oppo and the Marantz.

    Chromecast Gen 1 plugged into the back of the Oppo for Spotify and for casting Google movies.
    SandAndGlass likes this.
  24. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Forum Resident

    South Bend, IN
    Dedicated, CD only. I have two and even acting as just transports, they sound nothing alike, using same input on DAC.
  25. The Pinhead

    The Pinhead SUDACA ROÑOSO

    Whoa ! I just retired that same unit. A 440 really, same thing with a remote and variable output level, after 26 years of usage. Really enjoyed it.
    Rick Bartlett likes this.

Share This Page