Will CD players production be discontinued?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Sear, Sep 7, 2021.

  1. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tarragona (Spain)
    This is something that worries me.. I have hundreds and hundreds of CDs that I still listen everyday
  2. Bruno Republic

    Bruno Republic Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    It's not inconceivable.
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  3. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    You know they play on Blu-Ray players, right? And on computer accessories.
    They should be made for a good while.
    Nothing lasts forever though.
    You can still get a turntable, but good luck getting something to play cassettes, 8 tracks, open reel, Beta, VHS or DAT.
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  4. Mbd77

    Mbd77 Forum Penetrator

    I heard that they are being discontinued tomorrow.
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  5. hitmanhart408

    hitmanhart408 Forum Resident

    Miami, FL
    just go to goodwill
  6. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    I wouldn't be surprised if it happens. Already a lot of the companies that made optical disc drive assemblies have gotten out of the production of those. And those are really the parts that fail over time with CD players, so replacing old drive assemblies will mean even old disc players will go out of service. Without drives, audio companies aren't going to be building CD players. It's not like a turntable where you can get an off the shelf motor and bearing, machine a platter and plinth and, voila. There's so much media out there -- computer storage, DVD and Blu-ray, music CD -- that I imagine some sorts of optical disc playback devices will bet around for a long time, but maybe not too many purpose build audio-focused CD players.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2021
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  7. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

    Get something high end now.
    I got one of those Pioneer UDP-LX800 4k blu ray players that play any format. I should get 30 years out of that one.
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  8. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    As long as they keep putting optical drives into desktop and laptop computers, at least the excuse won't be that "nobody's making parts for them anymore".

    Still, your best defense is, if you like the one you have...replace it with another one just like it, and stick the one you "don't need replaced" into a box for safekeeping until you wear out the new one.

    And from then on out...it's your great-grandkids' problem.
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  9. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

    repair shop near me has many reel to reel players
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  10. Bruno Republic

    Bruno Republic Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    That's pretty much over too.
  11. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Minneapolis, MN
    I mean, other than consumables and things related to basic human needs....with a few exceptions (books, maybe?), there's virtually no product, particularly technological, that will be made forever in its present state.

    I would imagine the high-end stuff will be in production far longer than consumer-grade players. It's probably not cost effective at a certain point for companies who make low/mid-cost electronics to keep manufacturing optical drives given that they require unique parts that aren't required for anything else they make. The expensive niche stuff will probably stick around much longer since they only need to sell a small number of units to stay in business. But they also probably aren't really getting a ton of new customers with a long remaining lifespan either, so...
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  12. Amnion

    Amnion Forum Resident

    But I believe externals are still plentiful? I still have a few "in stock" players (including SACD/DVDA)
    in storage.
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  13. vinyl diehard

    vinyl diehard Two-Channel Forever

    They axed Turntable production in the 90’s and look what happened.
  14. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Another reason why I always buy custom builds. The drives themselves are pretty-much essential to my work, and it's likely I'll get another one before I'm done with my NAS server project.
  15. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tarragona (Spain)
    I want to believe there's still plenty of cd players out there, enough for a lifetime
  16. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
    Now that hardly seems possible.... are they singles?
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  17. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    No. Not in our lifetime. And even if there will be plenty of decent vintage players left to buy. A good quality cd player can last for a very long time.
  18. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
    Depends on how old you are.

    Anyway, it's hard to predict the future of consumer tech. I'm very confident that they'll be readily available 10 years from now. Am somewhat confident about 20 years from now. Anything after that is based on too many speculative factors.
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  19. clayton

    clayton Senior Member

    minneapolis mn
    Reminds me on a sigh at the local bar "free beer tomorrow"
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  20. clayton

    clayton Senior Member

    minneapolis mn
    I don't know why they would be discontinued? lot's of people like having the physical product vs a mp3 file
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  21. Son of Ziggy

    Son of Ziggy Forum Resident

    Nope as people like us spent lots on box sets we don’t need.
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  22. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    Not only turntable production in high gear but I can’t believe the number of stereo amps still out there. But turntables have gotten crazy…there are models out there going for enough money that they should be able to drive you to work.
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  23. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

    It's certainly getting harder to find affordable models these days. You may be better off going the Blu-ray route.
  24. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    If it happens, it will be because a better method of digital storage of music is invented and rolled out, perhaps one that packs the digital information into a smaller medium with no moving parts, analogous to a USB stick.
  25. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

    Placerville, CA
    As far as we can tell, CD players to fit my wife's '99 Toyota 4-Runner have been discontinued. Hers is shot and to make it more difficult, she want what what it came with- a cassette player/ CD player combo. Probably not something we will find!
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