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£150 CD player. What would you buy?

Discussion in 'audio' started by Darren, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    Check though - one of the replacements I got was about 3mm deeper front to back - not a problem when fitting into a Philips player, but means it was no good for a Cambridge Audio player I wanted to fit it to. i had to track down an original.
     
  2. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    What do you reckon, would a replacement fit?


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  3. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

  4. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    Not sure - but if that’s the ad showing a new one being fitted to a meridian, I guess so :) Issue with one I had was the thicker chip they used on the back of the board, meant I could not mount new display as deep as original one.
     
  5. k90tour

    k90tour pfm Member

    I found a guy in Germany on Ebay selling these old Philips displays and it works fine in my Meridian 207. Fiddly to do but I'm no expert so anyone could do it. Cost me £35.00.
     
  6. k90tour

    k90tour pfm Member

    And a Meridian 207 for £150 sounds very good in my second system.
     
  7. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    An original Arcam Alpha can be found for around your price.
    Surprisingly good...
     
  8. Darren

    Darren All Business

    I'll never make it over David - far too busy. But thank you for your kind offer.
     
  9. Darren

    Darren All Business

    Cheers Fisbey. Not an Arcam fan but thanks for thinking of me.
     
  10. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!


    VAL kits are absolutely superb. I know the engineer who makes them, and I reckon he is the best European specialist in vintage CD players.
    A nice chap too.

    You can buy with confidence.

    The original Philips WILL fail again.
     
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  11. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Very happy with my rotel 965 , quiet and sounds pretty reasonable . no toslink output though
     
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  12. Dark Lord

    Dark Lord pfm Member

    Hi Darren, I have two CD players that I like. A Philips CD 104 and Marantz CD54 (based on the Philips). You can read up on Delatronics mods (basically NOS) but very well built and good sounding machines Ndncan be found for not much money.

    regards
     
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  13. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Beware, the NOS mod destroys the sound quality of those players. But hey the mod is reversible.
     
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  14. Darren

    Darren All Business

    Gosh.... Both of those players must knocking on. Are they still reliable?
     
  15. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Yes they are very reliable. You can add the Beogram CDX, the Philips CD100, 300...
    They are amazingly durable, built to last because those first gen players just couldn’t be allowed to break down!
    Remember the McIntosh MCD7000? A Philips in disguise, with nothing much to distinguish them sonically.
    They were worth 5 times the price of the aforementioned CD104, but shared the same PCBs.
    Curiously that Mc player is said to be one of the best players ever! :D But I digress...
     
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  16. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Id have something that was fun...in any sense...crazy looks, weird loading mech...anything that makes you smile and hoinestly, anything after the mid 90's is going to sound just fine for a while...what about hunting out a Micromega, or even something more useful...I own a denon mini system which, as a decoraters mate, would do 1st class service. Amazingly good noise out of it too, with radio to boot.
     
  17. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    you are more than welcome , hope you find something nearer home. BTW I always fancied the original marantz CD73 as a bit of a looker.
     
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  18. robs

    robs should know how this works by no

    Is there no mobile signal there?
     
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  19. Dark Lord

    Dark Lord pfm Member

    hi there the nos modification, a new clock and revised analogue output stage with high quality caps etc makes it sound very good in my opinion and the build is excellent.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2019
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  20. Darren

    Darren All Business

    This is now sold to me. Thanks to all for offers suggestions and wisdom. It should be in my hands by Thursday Lunch time. Thanks Rob!
     

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