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

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

  1. Bill Mac

    Bill Mac Forum Resident

    Location:
    So. ME USA
    I was using a universal (Oppo 105D/205) player for a number of years for all disc formats. I recently bought a Marantz SA-10 which is used in my main system. So for now CD and SACD (stereo) playback it's a dedicated player.
     
  2. monte4

    monte4 Senior Member

    Location:
    Ontario Canada
    I don't play a lot of CD's but on my main system I'm using a Pioneer Laser Disc player to play them.
     
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  3. WestGrooving

    WestGrooving Forum Resident

    Location:
    California, U.S.A
    Although primarily into old records and pre-recorded cassettes, I recently bought a Harman Kardon DVD-48 (Universal Player) from the thrifts and currently using it as a main disc player (CD, SACD, DVD-A) instead of listening to files via my DAC. Sound quality surprised me... more detail and 'presence' of sound than I expected. Must be the BJT based op amps it uses. Wish it decoded HDCD, but, for $10 it's a keeper! ;)
     
  4. John

    John Forum Resident

    Location:
    Northeast
    I voted other. My machine plays CDs and only CDs, I do not have any way of playing SACD or DVD Audio. My cheap movie only DVD player crapped out a while ago and I haven't replaced it.
     
  5. fuse999

    fuse999 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Texas
    All dedicated. I have 3 Rega Planets (all over 15 years old), a Rega Saturn (10 years old), and an Onkyo C-7030 (2 years old). Never had a minutes problem with any of them.
     
  6. MGW

    MGW Less travelling, more listening

    Location:
    Scotland, UK
    Dedicated.

    Simaudio Moon 360D.

    Awesome also (essentially the same as the 3.3).
     
  7. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue.

    Location:
    SoCal USA
    Me too. It was a gift to all of the tanker drivers when I worked for Mobil out of Vernon CA 1998-2002. I forget which year. Life can go full circle. Playing with toy trucks as a child no doubt led to me playing with real ones when I got older. But my hearing is still intact. Just for the record.

    M. M.
     
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  8. cjc

    cjc Forum Resident

    Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10 (Dedicated).
     
  9. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    dedicated
     
  10. reb

    reb Money Beats Soul

    Location:
    Long Island
    Dedicated

    but not a follower-;)
     
  11. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Location:
    Scottish Borders
    Current player is a universal one , Cambridge 752BD.
     
  12. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Location:
    NYC
    How fashionable. ;)
     
  13. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    The old Marantz CD5003 plays CDs.
    Oh, and hybrid SACDs :)
     
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  14. steveharris

    steveharris Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    I have just a regular red book cd player.This caught my attention because I had been considering something to play SACDs & Blurays.I have to read the current recommendation thread.
     
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  15. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    Dedicated-
    CD-Denon
    SACD-Onkyo
    [​IMG]
     
  16. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Location:
    NYC
    Somehow I missed that we both use Denon players. I see yours is the DCD-1500, while mine is the DCD-1600NE. Since the numbers are close, I thought they would be similar, but after some Googling, I see that they are not. Did yours come out in 1986? Is this it? Denon DCD-1500 - Manual - Stereo CD Player - HiFi Engine
     
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  17. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    I went backwards :D
    Wanted something with indexing and variable out. :)
     
  18. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Location:
    NYC
    Cool, I'm sure you saved some bucks, too. My player was $1,200.
     
  19. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    You have a great player George, took you awhile!
    The 86 was on my list for quite a few years, one finally popped up including the remote. Flawless operation-incredible for its age. If I only get a couple years out of it i'll be happy :)
     
  20. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    also considering the numerous back up players I have with my DVD & BD players...so I'm covered for quite some time! nice so many devices plays CDs!
     
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  21. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Location:
    NYC
    Yeah, as you know, it was a long ordeal, but in the end I got something I am happy with. The only issue I have had with my Denon is a few (3 or 4) times the drawer didn't close when I pushed the close button, but if I press close again it closes right away. That's 3-4 times out of hundreds of times since this past April. I can get it looked at for free under warranty, but I will have to be without it for a few weeks. And I am not certain that they can fix it, it might just be a intermittent glitch, one that will be certainly hard to reproduce and diagnose. So, I think I might just hang onto it, take my luck, especially if the problem doesn't get any worse (or hopefully just goes away.) I have until next April 26 to bring it to a local Denon Warranty repair center to have it looked at for free.

    Best of luck, man. I hope it gives you years of flawless service!
     
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  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    my DV-Oppo 981 HD plays everything...not the best player but it covers a lot of ground! DVDA-CD-DVD-SACD-DVDR- CDR
     
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  23. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    That's a handy all in one playing machine. I used to have a Marantz SA8003 but I seldom bought SACDs so I sold it. I'm happy with the old CD5003 for now. Back in the mid ninties I had a top of line Yamaha CD player that I bought new for a bundle, wish I still had that one.
     
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  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    funny thing many of the old players had problems...especially with CDRs...
    The Oppo...it's not the best, but It was priced so reasonably I had to buy it...Ummm, $18.00 used. Did I do good? ; )
     
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  25. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Eighteen bucks well spent I'd say.
     
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