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What was/is your favourite CD player

Discussion in 'audio' started by snaphappybob, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    well have had a few and only one that stays is the Rotel 955 with a host of upgrades by S-Man of this parish, very different sound to my other Naim CD3, but that really punches hard, the CD£3 great for sheer impact and quality of bass the Rotel not as hard hitting but loads of detail and tight control.
    Always wanted to try an ACD3 as enjoyed an AAA5 many years ago.
    to confuse the issue have a Rega Dac if i ever get a digital out on the CD3 that might be interesting.
    Had full size Rega Apollo nice player little heavy on the bass and not as controlled as CD3
    still learning what works fir my ears tbh
  2. TimF

    TimF pfm Member

    I forgot about another player that I had and enjoyed for several years. The California Audio Labs Tercet Mk3. Nice sounding player.
  3. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    The best I have ever got CDs to sound at home was using a PS3 plugged into a Cyrus DAC X+ using a short Toslink cable I bought from E Bay for £4.
    Del monaco likes this.
  4. Jezzer

    Jezzer eats shoots and leaves

    My favourite CD player was a Copland CDA 823 (which replaced an Exposure XXIII cd player). This was partnered with a Krell KAV400xi amp and Dynaudio Contour 1.8mk2 speakers. Lovely sound. Perfectly balanced with the rest of the kit and I could have lived with that for ages but being a fool I swapped it all for Naim gear!
  5. Robn

    Robn pfm Member

    Meridian 507 24 bit, by far the most enjoyable, though don't miss it much as seldom play CDs. I tried many chep to mid level players in the early days, apart from the Marantz CD50SE none of the others sounded all that great.
    stevied likes this.
  6. RoA

    RoA Well-Known Member

    What are CD's?
    Isobarik and BB Wan like this.
  7. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I loved my CDX2/XPS2. I eventually got a (used) CDS3 but it wasn't a significant step up, at least not in my system with Avondale amps. In fact it didn't sound anywhere near as good as my Planar 25 and soon after I gave up on playing CDs seriously, since I didn't want that kind of money invested in obsolete gear after the kids came along.
  8. RichShortland

    RichShortland pfm Member

    Original CDS-1 with CDPS.
    Lovely analogue sounding CD-P.
    gavreid likes this.
  9. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Makes a lot of noise though.
  10. Naim CDS3 was where I left off before going to an NDS streamer. Others I remember fondly were Roksan Attessa transport + Pink Triangle DaCapo DAC. That was thrilling. Big respect still for my first foray into Cd too: Marantz CD63SE.
  11. cnocmoy10

    cnocmoy10 pfm Member

    In chronological order
    Marantz CD 63 se
    Cyrus 8x + PSX
    Pioneer 9700
    Audiolab 8000 CD
    Shanling CDT 100 modded beautiful to look at as well as listen to
    Chord BLU with Chord DAC 64
    Currently Chord Blu with Chord QB76 HD.
    Each one an upgrade on previous model.
  12. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    The next Big Thing.
    darrenyeats likes this.
  13. lambo

    lambo pfm Member

    I bought my first CD player one year ago today!! I was never interested in the whole silver disc game.however something opened my mind
    Covid !
    I had to sell my klimax lp12 due to Covid and had no turntable for the first time in 50 years
    I bought a Marantz cd7300 so I would have something to listen to and was pleasantly surprised
    I sold that when I saw a Rega Saturn up at a bargain price
    I now have a Rega Saturn installed with a Mana sound clamp running into a Marantz HD DAC1,(also a pink fish bargain),
    via chord anthem digital cable and have bought my favourite couple of hundred albums on cd
    all for £2 or £3 delivered you can pick and choose everything you want!
    It sounds amazingly good
    I know how it did sound and back to back the linn was better but in isolation I don’t miss it
    I just sold 3 LP albums on e-bay which paid for it all how incredible!! I am even thinking about an isis if cd can be this good and I can find one cheap enough :D
    Musicman19, Snufkin, Big Tabs and 2 others like this.
  14. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs “telling it like it isn’t...”

    Finding something that brings the excitement is cool isn’t it?
    And c.d’s are pennies.

    I am going to be raiding charity shops for c.d’s - now I realise how musical they can be.
    Years of trying to find a charity shop album/records and now I scan for c.d’s.
    I do know that a lot of charities throw away c.d’s as they have such little interest. Same with DvD’s, they take up space, and if they aren’t selling it is dead space.
  15. Musicraft

    Musicraft Trade: Musicraft

    Some of my favourite CDP's -

    Marantz CD65 II SE

    Denon DCD-1500

    Rotel RCD-965BX

    Naim Audio CDX MK1/XPS MK1
    Subito likes this.
  16. djftw

    djftw Heterodox Member

    Condition is a big issue, a lot of such things charity shops (well managed ones anyway) throw out are in too poor condition to be much good to anyone, but they do tend to be good at getting whatever they can from rag merchants, recyclers etc etc. The shop's location and customer base tends to determine what stock will sell, larger charities are very good at moving stock between their stores to where it will sell. CDs, games and films they don't have a market for they might sell to CeX, Music Magpie etc. A lot of the skill is knowing what is worth what to whom or who to ask. I've been consulted a few times by charities I have connections to, on one occasion a non-working Arcam CD5 was rescued from a box destined for a recycler, where its weight would have earned the charity a few pence, and I found it a home on here with a fishie who wanted it for spare parts and very kindly donated £50 to the charity for it!
    Nytechy likes this.
  17. Midlandaudiox

    Midlandaudiox Trade: Midland Audio X-Change

    Rega Apollo R
    Rega Saturn R
    Synthesis Roma DC14+ outstanding at it price point
  18. mega lord

    mega lord Centre tapped

    Modified Naim CD3.5 :) I added four extra psu's for the flea powered tent labs clock and one for each of the three dac chip power supply pins. Bypassed the anologue output stage and relay altogether so no psu needed for that. Dac pin 28 has a flea regulator and the other two dac supplies have led voltage set lm317's with flea style gyrators before them. Some of the other lm317 regs have been converted to led voltage set. Oh and I put a PFM mosfet gyrator before all the lm317's in the purely digital stages before the dac chip. The original transformer only powers the digital bits.

    It sounds nothing like the original especially since I bypassed the anologue output stage. Still using the original transport which is 24 years old. Got a couple of spares so hopefully this cdp will keep going for another 24 years:D
    ff1d1l likes this.
  19. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs “telling it like it isn’t...”

    I look in small independent charity shops, the condition of c.d’s are usually excellent.
    (the ones I am interested in anyhoo)

    3 for a quid usually.
  20. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    Sony DVP-S9000ES - Its been with me getting on for 10-years now and I just can't bear to part with it. Real downside is just the shear size of it but other than that, its superb.

    Preferred it over a Rega Apollo, Apollo-R, Toshiba SD-9500E and a few other Sony players. Also had a Teac VRDS-10SE and Rega Planet mk1 which I don't think were any better although thats from memory rather than comparing side by side.

    Puresound A10
    by Robert Seymour, on Flickr

    Sony DVP-S9000ES
    by Robert Seymour, on Flickr

    At the moment I'm using a Yamaha NT670D as it has built in Streaming which I am using more. I don't think it sounds as good as the Sony with CDs though.

    by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
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