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Buying a new CD player in 2023

Discussion in 'audio' started by redeye, Mar 14, 2023 at 4:18 AM.

  1. redeye

    redeye pfm Member

    Hi all. Some advice appreciated please. Ken, neighbour and friend, has finally had his Naim CDI die and cannot be fixed (no laser mech exists). I suggested a second hand CDX2 but Ken is Ken - “ I don’t do second hand, Mike”. No surprise there and I have no idea what is good and what isn’t. He wants something at least as good as his CDI.
    And just so you know he won’t touch a streamer or similar with a barge pole he tells me.
    Any bright ideas folks? Thanks
  2. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    The latest Rega Saturn is worth a listen… or if he truly wants something to better the CDI, and he has deep pockets, a Rega Isis. Exposure are well worth a look.
    If he wants Naim, his only option is a CD5si, because it’s the only machine they still make… I have one, and I think it sounds, looks and feels great… is it as good as a CDI? Not sure. Different, it’s not a TDA 1541 machine, but it’s still a Naim.
    hornblower likes this.
  3. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

  4. Spraggons Den

    Spraggons Den pfm Member

    Cambridge Audio get good reviews for their cd players.
  5. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

    The Audio House has/had a NOS (new old stock) Exposure MCX available. 3 yr warranty. Very good player.
  6. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    Marantz still make a nice choice for different budgets
    And they sound good
  7. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    No idea what his budget is, but purely on the ability to get support in years to come I would look at Rega or Hegel. The latter makes the Mohican player which is one of the best players I have ever heard, looks aesthetically lovely and has two spare mechs at the factory for each one sold so it can give a lifelong service. It's around £3.5K though. I nearly bought one but plumped for a Rega Isis instead. There was very very little to choose between them and if the Isis hadn't come up second-hand just at the right time I'd have had the Mohican.

    P.S. Totally with him on streaming!
    alan967tiger likes this.
  8. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Actually, scrap my recommendation. Tell Derek to get an Innuos Zenith MK3 and rip all his CDs whether he wants to or not. Later he might discover the joys of streaming by mistake.
    maccar likes this.
  9. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

    Long term support? Rega, certainly. Hegel, possibly. They haven't been around for as long and they have no UK Distributor. If repairs are required then they might involve a trip to Oslo and back. Expensive and a right hassle, if VAT and possibly tariffs are to be avoided when the unit comes back in to the UK. (I fully appreciate that there are arrangements in place of temporary export, but the correct procedure and forms are required). Exposure; in the UK and support in the UK.
  10. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I think the Mohican is discontinued @tiggers. It's hard to look beyond Rega these days for serious CD.
    JonR and tiggers like this.
  11. boegelund

    boegelund pfm Member

    Indeed safe option, unfortunately the little Apollo is discontinued but toploader like the good old CDi.

    If budget is for Saturn/Saturn R or Isis, these might come up second hand.
  12. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    Denon DCD-1600, 1700, 2500. Fabulous players and very well made (in Japan).
    RichJW and Alex S like this.
  13. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

    Well, not really. Accuphase and Esoteric; both very high build quality and support in the UK. Moon; again, good UK support. Exposure have a new 35 series CD soon as well.
    Darren likes this.
  14. Folkman

    Folkman pfm Member

    Sounds like the Rega Isis is the best choice for him . Sound quality , reliability and longevity.
  15. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Audio Note perhaps. There are bits and pieces around if can find them.
  16. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

    If looking for something 'better' than a Saturn, then it's the ISIS. The OP states that this has to be a new purchase (others posters please note). The ISIS is £7.5k. It's not competitive at that price point, imo&e.
  17. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    The Roksan Blak is easy to audition if you have a Richer Sounds close by.

    I have had mine a while, and I believe the reproduction is quite something.
    It competes with my record turntables without sounding like a c.d. player.

    Price hovering below £3k
  18. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Didn't know that... sad as it is a great player.
    gavreid likes this.
  19. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Mine is now 16 years old and never blinked. But tell him to do what i did....with this build quality all that might go wrong one day is the laser mech, so I bought a spare at the time of purchase. That lot should guarantee 30/40 years? And it sounds as good as I've heard.
    Darren, JonR, booja30 and 1 other person like this.
  20. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    yes i would go for that one too

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