Hello, Today I picked this old machine up. I did so simply because it's build quality was more like that of an ancient all metal top loading VCR than for any other reason, and the fact that although "dated" in appearance compared to today's offerings it is very handsome with clean lines that speak well to minimalism; none of those funky 1980's graphics all over the face of it (like SONY loved so much). That and the fact that it employs variable level(s) out pots on the back let me know that at some time it was a serious machine. Not to mention the fact that it weighs about 20 pounds. The date of manufacture is: December 1984 After doing a little research it appears that it was in fact a good one back in the day and still enjoys a following. This video claims it's essentially the same machine as the Marantz CD-74: But none of this really means anything substantive to me; I am not a CD player guru or aficionado. All I did where I bought it was plug it in and confirm a working display and that it could recognize a disc. I have not yet play tested it. Figured it was worth taking a chance on as I only paid them $5 bucks for it and it is in nearly mint condition although it does not (sadly) have it's optional remote. Ah well, guess you can't win them all for $5 bucks! I always take a second look at these old Magnavox machines as most of them are merely re-badged Philips models with the nice all metal transports and most from the early 1980s are made in Belgium. This one however is made in Japan. Does anyone here know of or own this machine? I will clean it thoroughly and lubricate it first; if it plays well for any length of time I may consider re-capping it if I like the way it sounds. But regardless, was this a special model in any way? (worth keeping/a "keeper"). What little I have read so far indicates it used good sounding DACs so I'm optimistic. I became interested in Vintage CD players (if you can believe/accept there is such a thing as a "Vintage" CD player) after I sold my original REGA Planet (which I bought new) after owning it for about 10 years. It replaced my first CD player which was a 1990 or so black plastic $200 Onkyo which I passed on to my then very small Son. It was a good sounding machine (the REGA, but still no where near my turntable) but after 10 years or so I wasn't interested in any inevitable repairs or service on a modern digital device so while it was still working well I sold it for more than half of what I paid for it new. It had actually started to develop some issues with recognizing discs and seemed to be a bit more noisy than when new but that may all be speculative on my part (memory's getting cloudy) and disc dependent. Either way, it's gone and I don't really miss it that much. I then ran original SONY Playstations (the "1001" model; I picked up 3 of them) as my stand alone player until the lasers got tired and actually enjoyed the sound they made more so than the REGA believe it or not (and I still do; I just started developing drop out issues eventually with all 3 thanks to worn out lasers (these things all come with about 100,000 hours on them) and have run out of room to tweak the bias and voltages any further so they really all need new sled assemblies and fresh caps). There are a ton of mods available for these machines and even a couple of German sites devoted entirely to transforming the platform of this "toy" into a real "hi-end" machine complete with elegant well dampened cabinets/cases. Don't know if I am that committed to it's sonic virtues or not at this point; I may revisit one of those projects after I finish the other 100 ANALOG and tube projects I already have going. And get all of my albums cleaned and organised! So, in the meantime I am using my Son's well traveled circa 2000 or 2001 all black plastic SONY (the hand me down Onkyo's replacement; it just died finally) which I replaced for him with a decent single disc new machine this past Christmas as it had started developing issues which I was able to fix with a good cleaning and an oil change! If you haven't figured it out already, CD sound to me is fine as long as it's not filled with sins of inclusion. I just cannot make myself invest heavily in the digital hardware given it's constantly changing executions and relatively fragile nature as compared to good turntables or even tape machines. Most Music I love I listen to and own in both formats; so if it's the better sonics I'm interested in I'll generally pull out the Lp. Simply put, most CD players make me happy, only a few I've heard or owned have made me want to just turn them off. And, as I understand things, MOST "hi-end" CD players are just re-boxed and re-worked/modified platforms from the Japanese like Marantz, Philips etc. $1,000 dollar machines in $5,000 boxes for the most part (I've peeked inside a few). I am too old to get into the CD player modding hobby (chips and such) but I will pick up an iron and do a re-cap or simple output mod if it really works. There is also another machine available to me for even less (maybe $2 bucks). It is pretty beat up but not trashed. It is definitely an all black plastic piece but surprisingly is only a wee bit younger than the FD3040. It is another Magnavox, a CDB460 manufactured 1987 (I think, the machine's not here) made in Belgium and is definitely a re-badged Philips model. I don't know about the guts of it but the machine itself isn't even in the same universe as the FD3040 with respect to build quality and materials. The heat sink alone on the FD3040 weighs more than the whole CDP460 machine! (but yes, I know that doesn't prove or mean anything as for SOUND potential). Still I have a hard time understanding such a paradigm shift in build quality from the same maker in just under 3 years?! Unless these two machines are representatives from two entirely disparate consumer model line-ups? I know the black plastic plague came on us fast, but between these two examples of machines from the same moniker separated by less than 3 years....all I can say is "damn"! So, if anyone knows anything or has an opinion on this one please chime in as well. I can find references to it but mainly chip set related and seemingly always in the context of the model above, below or preceding it model year wise. I'm not really hot on it because it too has no remote and is as I have said a bit beaten up. But if it's made of good bits and has decent sound quality I might consider putting a modest effort into it. Can always use a back up machine it seems when using "ancient" players. My main interest and quest for information and ideas is for the one I now own, the Magnavox FD3040. Interestingly enough, someone thought/thinks enough of it to have posted it's owners manual on the web; one of the firt things things that pops up on a search of the machine and it's a pdf, not someone trying to sell you a copy: http://bhami.com/FD3040-user.pdf And finally, in lay terms, what is a "first generation" versus "second" and later CD player? I've never heard of a "third" of "forth" generation CD player. When and why did this reference stop? Thank you to any and all who made it through this tome of a post!