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What was/is your favourite CD player

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

  1. herb

    herb music live

    Yes so true I bought my CD3 in 1994 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very foot tapping and I still have it stored in its box but still working.

    Currently using a Naim CDX2.2 and found it harsh initially. But with a bit of tweaking found that it smoothed out nicely without losing its dynamic sound. A heavy spiked Target stand focussed it up. I hated the DIN outlet and experimented with different RCA interconnects. Mogami 2534 star quad smoothed it up and produced a soundstage, gosh. I have a TXPS but prefer it bare, the TXPS is stored along with an old CDX2 for emergencies.
  2. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    I have a CD5 XS to which I added a Flatcap and the difference was very subtle, human voices being just a bit more natural but you need to listen very attentively to notice it.
    The Siltech cable I did put between the CD and my Supernait brought a much more discernable difference.
  3. naimplayer

    naimplayer Aspiring to be a halfwit.

    Naim CDSIII with Teddy’s XPS.

    Almost as good as my SME 20 with the 5arm but not quite.

    I still smile at the memory.


    good luck and stay safe. It’s still out there.
  4. cantgetnonut

    cantgetnonut Active Member

    Cal Ikon Mk.II (gf at the time asked me if it also gave head, considering it cost a whopping $600)
    Then various NADs, Denons, etc. while lost in the wilderness
    Rega Apollo-R that I sold, and got complaints from the buyer because it started flaking out (not spinning up reliably). I offered to buy it back, but buyer decided it was worth keeping. I liked it, too.
    Currently have a NAD 568 C that I bought when I needed a player quickly, which I find a pleasure to listen to, which surprised me.
    Ultimately, an Audiolab 6000DCT+BorderPatrol DAC is what I prefer to listen to CDs with.
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  5. Si74

    Si74 pfm Member

    Teac VRDS 7 Never rocked my boat and was barely used.
    Musical Fidelity Nu Vista 3D must be over 20 years old, would never part with it.
    Only thing I've heard better was 32K and a horrible looking two box affair.
  6. maccar

    maccar pfm Member

    Go on, treat yourself, yu know you deserve it... an Accuphase would out liv you.
  7. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    The 400XS was the first and only CDP that stopped me looking for vinyl copies of music I wanted to buy. For the preceding 15 years, I grudgingly put up with:

    Mission PCM7000 - least analogue sounding CDP in my experience
    Musical Fidelity CDT - a pair of triodes provided some novelty for a while
    Naim CD2 - nice player, but still not a patch on my LP12
    Naim CDS2/XPS - not much better than CD2, and vastly overpriced for the performance

    My 400XS was replaced by a 440XS (for which I have a spare OEM transport) after 12 years of sterling service. I've been entirely content with Densen CDPs, and thoroughly recommend them. Just make sure you buy a separate Gizmo remote.
  8. p147

    p147 Sunny Sussex.

    My first which was a Philips CD104 when they first appeared and my current and last one I shall ever own which is a superb Pioneer PD-91.
  9. leni

    leni pfm Member

    Maranz 63.
    Naim cd3.
    Teac vrds 25.
    Naimcd 5xs.
    Naim cdx 2.2.
    My favourite- Naim cd 5xs.
  10. Robert M

    Robert M pfm Member

    Meridian 508.24
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  11. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Good to know..........
    I just wrote a note on a post it saying : don’t ever sell me idi.. and I am just about to fix it on top of my CD5XS with dock tape to avoid any mistake I may regret !
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  12. boneman

    boneman pfm Member

    Use my 440xs as a dac/CD and it's great for both. The GIZMO has been crap. To Densen's credit they have always sorted it. I have a Harmony which I use most of the time now. :)
  13. boneman

    boneman pfm Member

    and on the topic:

    Only 4 disc spinners and the first three I cannot tell you the model: A Pioneer from the early 80's, A Denon from late 80's, A Yamaha from the mid-90s which was a multi-disc spinner. Sounded better than anything I'd had and now the Densen which is in another universe.
  14. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    My favourite CD player at the moment is the Philips CD300. It is just beautiful to behold and it can play music just fine.
    I also like my Quad CD 66 and a Beogram CD5500 for the same reasons.

    The first two are a little soft around the edges, but remain thoroughly enjoyable.

    I use something else when I need 3D imaging, that is for classical music.
  15. ex brickie

    ex brickie pfm Member

    Favourite can mean several things. I still have a rose tinted view of a Meridian 506.24 from many years ago and wondered whether a 508 or G08 were much better.
    Next up a Simaudio Moon Nova - good looking and sounding
    Loved my Krell KPS 20i - what a beast. I sold it whilst it still had value as it was heading towards becoming a massive doorstop (CDM9 Pro mechs impossible to get)
    The Rotel 965bx is seriously good for the money
  16. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    Not favorite for sound necessarily, but B&O Beogram CD 4500. That with the matching Beomaster 4500 looked like some alien technology back in the early 90's. I still have a full set boxed up waiting for a space to put it. It was my dream system in grade school but I couldn't afford to buy one until after university!

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  17. rabidlistener

    rabidlistener pfm Member

    To be quite honest I don't know as I have always used it as a transport.
  18. mega lord

    mega lord Centre tapped

    I find it interesting that some prefer the cheaper Naim players to their mid priced offerings.
  19. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    I certainly preferred my CD3 to my CDX. Probably the TDA1541 chip.
  20. musicman56

    musicman56 50 years hifi & vinyl junkie

    Hmm...I'm still using a grey SNAIC so perhaps a bit of cable investigation is called for?

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