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Michael L
05-03-08, 08:32 AM
Looking at another thread made me fink...

Yamaha CDX-1 - mid / late 80s? eeew screetchy
Marantz CD52-SE - early 90s
Rega Planet late 90s
Rega Jupiter early noughties
Naim CD5
Naim CD5X couple of years ago mmmm nice

each one a significant improvement on its predecessor.

Joe Hutch
05-03-08, 08:35 AM
Arcam Alpha (1992: added a DAC-in-the Box at some point)
Original Exposure CDP (1998: still in use in the 'upstairs' system)
Merdian 500 transport with Chord DAC64 (2005)

And that's yer lot!

Mr Perceptive
05-03-08, 08:43 AM
Sony Discman Walkman
Denon DCD3250 - Battleship Machine
Meridian 200 + 203 DAC
Modded Meridian 200 + 203 DAC
Modded Meridian 200 + 568.2 Processor

now nothing, SBs rule!

Lefty
05-03-08, 08:48 AM
Arcam Alpha 7
Marantz CD6000 KI
Naim CD3.5/HiCap
Naim CDX
Marantz SA-11s1
Densen B400xs

Lefty :)

Invest this !
05-03-08, 08:49 AM
Sony...Couple of NAD's......Naim CD3....Currently playerless....

vuk
05-03-08, 08:52 AM
when i didn't know any better and believed speakers were the most important thing:
toshiba entry-level
yamaha enrty-level
sony entry-level

after petrik and the toe-tappers brain-washed me:
rega planet
micromega stage 6
CDX
CDX/XPS


vuk.

stevec67
05-03-08, 08:52 AM
Denon DCD920, good at the price.
Rotel RCD965BX, discrete output. OK.
AVI 2000MC, great sound, drawer broken and awaiting parts from net. No longer supported by AVI, so if it dies and I can't DIY, it's gone.

GeoffKnight
05-03-08, 08:58 AM
1990-2006: Sony CDP-557 ESD (solid player with lots of buttons! Weighed in at 18kg!)
2006-present: Exposure CDP (first model they brought out. Purchased 2nd hand. May get it modded)
Next player - Rega Saturn or Creek Destiny.

Uzinusa
05-03-08, 08:59 AM
1986 JVC (couldn't begin to recall the serial number, utter crap, sold within 3 months)
1992 Arcam Alpha (excellent, ran faultlessly for 15 years, sold on)
2007 Naim CD5 (excellent)

Mr Cat
05-03-08, 09:02 AM
sherwood jobbie - my first cd player bought in '91 from richersounds...crap as they come!
yamaha multiplayer - still crap but a big improvment over the sherwood plus it held 5cds...
nad c521bee - great little player
nad c542 - good upgrade - plus my lady never noticed ;)
musical fidelity a3.2 with a3.24 dac (in fact had this dac since my first nad cdp)

darrenwm
05-03-08, 09:03 AM
Cheap Sony
Arcam CD72T
Arcam Alpha 8
Cyrus CD7Q
Naim CD5i
Meridian 506.24
NAD Silverline S500
Copland CDA277

martin clark
05-03-08, 09:08 AM
Bodged
Bodged
Bodged - happy.

Gromit
05-03-08, 09:10 AM
1985: Philips CD104 - lasted approx 1 week until sold when I realised how crap CD was, at the time. ;)

Didn't then own a CD player until...

1994: Arcam Alpha
2002: Naim CDI
2007: Cambridge 640C v2
2007: Cambridge 840C :) :) :) :) (I like it!)

No further plans CD-player wise.

muzzer
05-03-08, 09:35 AM
Trichord modded Arcam Alpha
+DPA Little Bit
Arcam Alpha 7se
Naim cd3.5
Now, modded Shanling CDT-80.

greg787
05-03-08, 09:36 AM
Adcom GCD575
Rega Planet
Roksan Kandy Mk. 2
EAD DSP7000 Mk. 3 DAC + Kandy Mk. 2
Naim CD5i
Naim CD5X (preferred without flatcap2)
Naim CDX2
Sony Playstation 1
47 Labs Shigaraki DAC and transport

Theo
05-03-08, 09:39 AM
1990: Cheap Tandy/Realistic model (oh the irony)
1991: Nad 5420 (ok machine)
1995: Micromega Classic Solo (fabulous player - still in 2nd system)
1998: Naim CDS1
2007: Esoteric UX-1 (best player I've owned by a mile - and my last CDP)

neiljadman
05-03-08, 09:43 AM
Early 80s:Phillips' first offering
Late 80s: Nak CD Player 2 Musicbank
Late 90s: Naim CD3.5/Flatcap, Linn Karik III/Numerik, Sony Discman D-150
Early this century:Musical Fidelity CD3.2, NuVista, PS1

Now the only CD players I still own are the Discman and the PS1 - all the other are gone and replaced by Mac & PC audio sources. I'm never going back :D

killie99
05-03-08, 09:48 AM
Denon something or other - July 1985
Meridian 206 - late 80's
Primare D30.2 - 2003ish
MF kW250s - 3 weeks ago

sideshowbob
05-03-08, 09:53 AM
In the last several years:

Cyrus CD7 - sounded fine
Meridian 588 - sounded fine
Naim CD3.5 - sounded a bit harsh, but mostly fine
Sonneteer Bronte - sounded fine
Chord DAC 64 - sounded fine

The last nearly 4 years, 47 Labs Shigaraki transport/DAC - sounds fine, and cool as feck.

They didn't all sound the same, but they were all good enough.

-- Ian

ErikL
05-03-08, 09:55 AM
1989-2000: entry-level JVC
1999-2001: Denon D-M30 (shelf system)
2001-2002: Arcam Alpha 7SE
2003-now: Creek CD43mk2

hacker
05-03-08, 09:57 AM
Some Philips 90s cruddy thing
Marantz CD6000KI Signature (nice)
Modified the above (nicer)
Naim CD3.5 (ok, but a bit forward and bright)
Modified the above (very, very nice)
SqueezebBox3, no more CDs
Monica2 DAC on the way.

enbee23
05-03-08, 10:06 AM
1992-Marantz CD-94 Mk2
2003 - Audio Analogue Maestro Mk2
2007 - Toshiba SD-9500e & Electrocompaniet ECD-1

Listened to loads of other stuff along the way and the only one which was clearly better rather than just different in some way or other was an Esoteric X-03se. One day...

Thom PC
05-03-08, 10:07 AM
1989-2000: Sony something-something. My first player was nothing special I guess, but it served me well.
2000-2002: Pioneer DV-525 dvd player. Before hifi paranoia really struck.
2002-2004: Rega Planet (MkI) - excellent player in my book, esp. @ s/h prices.
late 2004 - early 2005: Denon something-something. Needed something cheap after divorce. Guess it was ok-ish ...
2005-present: Arcam Alpha 5 (serviced) - fine player for my requirements. I suspect this will be my last cd player.

Thom

Ed Rogerson
05-03-08, 10:10 AM
86-98: entry-level Technics
98-99: 'nother entry-level Technics
99-02: Linn Mimik II
02-03: Naim CD2
03-now: AAA5

The draw of decent quality streamed music is, however, quite overwhelming...

robert_cyrus
05-03-08, 10:12 AM
1988 Harmon/Kardon HD500
1994? Arcam Alpha 5+ (which I still own)
1999? Cyrus dAD3Q24 + PSX-R
2007 Sim Audio Moon Nova - very nice

jimb0
05-03-08, 10:14 AM
96-05 - Entry level Technics (played lots and lots of music)
05-Now - Naim CD5 (way more annoying than the Technics)

vuk
05-03-08, 10:18 AM
96-05 - Entry level Technics (played lots and lots of music)
05-Now - Naim CD5 (way more annoying than the Technics)

is it possible you're running a mullet system ;-)

vuk.

jimb0
05-03-08, 10:20 AM
Naim CD5 > Densen B100 > Tannoy Chatsworth

Is that a mullet?

P.S I meant annoying puck-wise

Steven Toy
05-03-08, 10:25 AM
1998: TEAC CD 3450 SE
1999: Rotel RCD 951
1999: Rotel RCD 991
2000: Densen B400 on loan.
2000: Naim CD5
2000: Naim CD5+Flatcap2
2001: Naim CDX
2006: Linn Majik CD
2008:

vuk
05-03-08, 10:32 AM
P.S I meant annoying puck-wise

OK, you're forgiven.


steven, are you looking to downgrade further in 2008 or get back into the game?


vuk.

lsinclair
05-03-08, 10:37 AM
Mid 80s - Mission DAD7000 (still got it somewhere)
Mid 90s - Marantz CD6000KI

er....that's it.

DSJR
05-03-08, 10:43 AM
1984/85 B&O CDX and Mission DAD7000R - showed me that CD had a future...

1985 Meridian MCD-Pro - first purchase

1987 Meridian 207

1999 Deltec PDM1 mk2 with loads of loan CD players as transports

1992 Teac VRDS 10 - AVI DAC - very good indeed but not quite as good as:-

1993 AVI S2000CD Reference (still working well after drawer cog replacement)

1994 Micro-Seiki CD-M2 - 1988 vintage, better to use than AVI and still sounds better than most under 3K and floors Naim CDX models with power supply...

Now saving plenty of files on PC.........

dave
05-03-08, 10:58 AM
Nakamichi CDP3E (?): mid-priced Nak cd player with curious blurb in the owner's manual that the design goal was purely to produce the most musical player possible with no consideration for features at its price point. This $300US player beat my LP-12 on quite a few disks. I kept quiet and did alot of chin-stroking.

Naim CD3 and 3.5: Exactly what you'd expect of a Naim cd player. Huge bags of fun with most disks and when you hit a dog--really bad. Highly recommended if transports are available.

Naim CDS mk1: The most misunderstood Naim product ever made imo. Trashes an LP-12 on most disks I've tried but only if placed upon the right surface. This thing makes any other hifi device seem impervious to vibration it is just that sensitive.

Naim CDS mk2: Only used so far with a CDPS (not the intended XPS power supply.) The next evolutionary step of the original CDS. Tonal colors, reduced distortion and increased dynamics are added to the original's arsenal without drawbacks so far. An added bonus is the player's ability to randomly access tracks reliabily..a feature lost with the mk1's transport several months after purchase.

NeilK
05-03-08, 11:29 AM
Phillips cd 109
Some Sony player (sold in 1 month)
Arcam Alpha
dpa rennaisance
Meridian 2??
Much modded Arcam alpha 7
added dpa pdm 1.3
dpa E transport and several e-dacs
CD5
Eastsound E7
Pioneer DV 505 DVD player extensively modded by Thorsten / Shanling CDT 100 Mk2

Have Fun
05-03-08, 11:35 AM
Late comer to CD around 1995
First was a CD Walkman by Technics
Next was a Technics Mash PG360A ~ just to see & actually quite liked it, still have it but doesn't work
Next was a Mission DAD 7000 ~ a secondhand buy & had this for 11 years or so still have it & only recently updated by)
Yamaha CDX 880 which I think is very very good

kasperhauser
05-03-08, 11:37 AM
I think I've had too many cd players to remember them all (though most weren't that memorable).

My very first cd player (some mid-80s Hitachi thing I bought for $20 at (after?) the end of its useful life) burned a hole through one of my cds. I'm still not sure how it happened, but after that I was careful to remove the disc as soon as it ended.

AVI
05-03-08, 11:40 AM
I've had a least seven different models of AVI and they were all bloody marvellous!

sq225917
05-03-08, 11:47 AM
marantz 52
Rotel something or other.
marantz cd 17mk2 KI.
Micromega Stage 3, trichord clocked, wonderful jazz player.
Cambridge audio 840c heavily modded.
Laptop.

Cav
05-03-08, 12:17 PM
Phillips 940
Marantz CD 63se
naim cd 3.5
Sony dvd

On reflection, not much to choose between any of them...

Freeform
05-03-08, 12:18 PM
1990-2005; Philips CD960 (1988-ish)
The ugly poor relation to Marantz's CD94, bought s/h in 1990. Played up, repaired 1997-ish, limped on to 2005, awaiting attention.
1993 added Audio Synthesis UltraAnalogue dac

2003; Philips CD100
Never used it, but it was as new in box & cheap so couldn't resist

2006 - present; Sony CDPx559ES (1992-ish)
Came to me not working, and free. Repaired with new laser. Equal of lots of expensive new stuff, surpisingly

Guess I've never really committed to this 'new' medium :)

DavidY80
05-03-08, 12:29 PM
Denon DCD-1500
Marantz CD-63
Teac VRDS-10
SB+

SteveB
05-03-08, 12:32 PM
Early 90s - some horrid Technics thing that lasted weeks before I sold it on and stuck with vinyl until...

2002 - Linn Mimik. Initially impressive, but after a while I realised it was just too much like hard work listening to it. Kept it but only bought CDs when there was no vinyl option.

2003 - Naim CD3.5 & Hi-cap. Much more like it. Finally considered CDs to be an alternative to vinyl rather than a last resort

2005 - Naim CDS1. Now we're talking. For the first time ever, bought CDs in preference to vinyl and probably listened to CD much more than vinyl (as much as anything, an indication of how my tastes had moved on/expanded from my record-buying days)

2007 - CDS had a holiday in Salisbury, re-discovered vinyl collection.

2008 - in the process of pruning the older parts of the record collection and buying lots of new stuff. CD and LP roughly equal in the listening time stakes

2??? - CDS will eventually die and probably be replaced by some kind of streaming/DAC solution, but will most likely also have a cheaper CDP for occasional use.

Troubled Soul
05-03-08, 12:38 PM
1987 - Sony CD Player, seemed OK at the time
1991 ish - Arcam Alpha Plus A really nice player
1993 - Arcam Alpha Plus and Audiolab 8000 DAC Really pleased with this, and I had demo'd earlier an Audiolab transport. The plan was to add the Audiolab transport at a later date. But then Audiolab became TAG and the price of the transport became silly.
2001 - Linn Ikemi still in use. In the future I may either add a Chord DAC64, or replace with a Linn Akurate. The Ikemi really is a great player though.

Uncle Ants
05-03-08, 12:43 PM
Hmm lemme see ...

1996 Teac something or other Richers Special 1998 it broke
1998 Sony 520?? something or other
2000 Rotel RCD991 ... still got it and use it, and I'm pretty happy with it.

Heath
05-03-08, 12:47 PM
Technics SL-P2
Very solidly built, but once decided to open the drawer without first stopping the disc

Marantz CD50 SE
Much better sound quality than the Technics. Laser mech became unreliable

Marantz CD63 KISig
A big step up from the previous Marantz. Still going strong and on loan to my parents

Linn Classik
My bedroom system/alarm clock

Arcam Alpha 5
Used only briefly - didn't like it, sent it to Les

AAA5
Much better than the unmodded Arcam. Very good indeed.

Densen B400 XS
This one's staying for the foreseeable future.

tomek
05-03-08, 12:50 PM
1989 Philips ?
1993 Denon 685 ?
1994 Rotel 955
1998 DPA Enlightenment Drive + DPA Enlightenment DX32 DAC

Since 1998 i am trying to find something better IMHO- tried some Sony XA-30ES, Creek ?, Naim CD 3.5, Benchmark DAC1, Moodlab Nonos.

2008 DPA still rulez !

Joe Hutch
05-03-08, 01:40 PM
steven, are you looking to downgrade further in 2008 or get back into the game?

Surely he's a bit old for that. Oh, into the game!

James
05-03-08, 01:41 PM
Mission PCM7000 (Yuck!)
Musical Fidelity CD-T (Surprisingly listenable)
Naim CD2 (Now we're getting somewhere, but the player was flakey below 12 degrees Celcius)
Naim CDS2 (Marginally better, but not worth the differential I had to pay over the CD2)
Densen B400XS (I'd be happy if this lasted forever)

James

AlexG
05-03-08, 01:44 PM
Naim CD3
Naim CDX (then an XPS)
Naim CDS2
Densen B400XS
Resolution Audio Opus 21

Joe P
05-03-08, 02:06 PM
A reluctant, late adopter here --

1982 to 1999: 101101001 free
1999 to 2000: Arcam Alpha Plus
2000 to this very second: Naim CD2

Ya know, there are only 10 kinds of people in the world -- those that understand binary and those that don't.

Joe

ex brickie
05-03-08, 02:07 PM
1980s - nothing (stuck to vinyl)
90s Technics cheapie SLP 200 (?) - something to play CDs on
2000 Meridian 506.24 (beautifully smooth and detailed)
2008 Moon Nova - more detailed and a bit more punch

No plans to go for downloads, squeezeboxes or anything else (I don't even own an ipod). I'll probably catch up 10 years after everyone else...:D

nealg
05-03-08, 02:08 PM
Only had 3 in approx 20years!

Marantz CD52SE (Sold)
Arcam Alpha Plus (still working)
Naim CD5 / FCII (just removed to lack of use)

Digital sounds provided by a modded SB MKI and MKII for the last two years

jcbrum
05-03-08, 02:12 PM
Sony something or other
Quad 66 cdp
Studer-Revox
Phillips CD753 useful features, supposed to be a Marantz in disguise.
Binned them all. Rip to HDD nowadays.

vibemaster
05-03-08, 02:12 PM
1994- Present Naim CD3 (bought after trying a nasty 250 Technics, then deciding on an Arcam Alpha at 450, then fatally asking what the 980 Naim might sound like.....) Still in daily use.
1993- 2000 Aiwa disc man thingy... useful for trips abroad- poor build quality, no line out
2001 Replacement Sony Discman, used twice before I got an ipod!

I'll keep a CD player, just as I keep a cassette deck (Walkman Pro) and the LP12 (which I'm using a fair bit just now) because I like owning the source material.

sean99
05-03-08, 02:23 PM
If anyone has an electrically dead Mission PCM7000 I need a mechanical part for mine (disc clamp) and will pay for the part and postage.

Here's my list

1992: Cheap yamaha
1996: Cheap sony
1997: Marantz CD67SE (still going strong)
2000:Added Monarchy DAC22A and DIP jitter box

No plans to upgrade, as, having listened to other players I don't think digital is all that different and money is better spent elsewhere.

RickyC6
05-03-08, 02:30 PM
Years are approximate:-

late 80's - a Sony midi-sized thing that was really awful. The drawer refused to close after a bit. Sold it to a mates Dad who reckoned he could fix the drawer thing. It then stopped working altogether and he spent a fortune sending it to Sony to be fixed.....cough.....

early 90's - Marantz CD63. Was player of the month for 1 month in about 1993. Sounded mighty fine actually.

early 00's - Linn Mimik. Decided it was time for a "serious" CD player. God it was awful. It made every album sound like it was produced by Daniel Lanois. Sold it on eBay.

2002-ish. Bought an original Rega Planet. And we are currently living happily ever after.

Cheers

Rich

MichaelC
05-03-08, 02:45 PM
Very late eighties to 92 or thereabouts - an entry level Philips cd player. Need say no more.
1992 - Cambridge Audio CD2 (I still have this knocking about - needs someone clever to make it well again though, it started humming rather loudly).
2000 or therabouts - Linn Ikemi. I really liked this player. It stood the test of time well.
2007 - Avondale ACD3. Nice, very nice.

SteveS1
05-03-08, 02:54 PM
Philips CD150 6 months (cheap, nasty build).
Mission DAD can't remember the number, it lasted all of a couple of weeks.
Marantz 63SE
Meridian 206 (for 10 years) but vinyl still main source.
Naim CDS2/XPS huge leap forward, happy to ditch vinyl.
Finally, CDS3/XPS2 - very happy with that and don't see it changing.
Played with transports and DAC1 etc., - good, but much prefer the Naim.

Steve

bigblue
05-03-08, 02:57 PM
1992-present Sony CDP-X77ES.

Err, that's it. Love it to bits. Does that mean I win ?

alanbeeb
05-03-08, 03:00 PM
Technics 1989 entry-level machine
Rotel RB-965
MF Elektra E600
Arcam Delta 250 + BB500
Sugden CD-21
Sony SCD-1
Marantz CD7
Sony SCD-XA3000ES
Shanling SCD-T200
Electrocompaniet ECD-1 DAC
Chord DAC64
Meridian 500 transport
Marantz SA-11
Esoteric X-03se
NAD M5 (yes there's been a bit of a downsize)

The Esoteric was by far far the best, but now runing a digital active speaker system so only needed a transport + SACD, which the NAD does very nicely.

jay
05-03-08, 03:04 PM
Nice thread Mike.

Technics thing.
Sony thing.
Pioneer platter thing x2 (one was stolen)
Arcam Alpha One
Naim CD3.5/FC2
Naim CDX (also bought a Rega 25)
Naim CDX/XPS
Naim CDS2/XPS
Philips 963SA (bought a Rega P9, you can see where my priorities are)
PS3 and various iTunes/Airport Express concoctions ("digital" is now very much a secondary/background/convenient source)

Linds
05-03-08, 03:05 PM
Marantz CD63 MkII
Denon DCD1015 (still in the loft!)
Arcam Alpha 9 (since flogged on ebay)
Linn Ikemi.
STOP

Darren555
05-03-08, 04:04 PM
Micromega Stage 1
Micromega Stage 2
Meridian 506.24

If the Stage players hadn't had such an unreliable transport mech I doubt I would have upgraded.

Robert
05-03-08, 04:29 PM
Starting somewhere around 1985/6.
Sony CDP302ES - boring........ Bright hashy sounding thing.

Followed by about 5 years of Vinyl only then:

Mission/Cyrus PCM2
Sony CDP552ES
Naim CDS
Cyrus dad3
Cyrus dad3Q/PSXR
Naim CDI
Cyrus dad7/PSXR
Naim CD5 - bodged to bits and ALW'd
Sony CDP3000ES
Rega Planet 2000
Rega Planet mk1
Meridian 206
Cambridge 640C
Cambridge 840C

Had a SB+ briefly
Now enjoying Apple Airport Express via the 840C and a Macbook Pro.
Now also of the view that bits are bits and that chasing after perfection for years was a complete waste of time and money.

Oh nearly forgot.... there was a Karik 3 in there briefly but it was clearly ill.

deafasapost
05-03-08, 04:46 PM
nad (cant recall the model)
marantz cd46
arcam alpha 7
meridian 206
meridian 206b
meridian 200t/203
meridian 200t/orelle dac
meridian 200t/audio note dac
meridian 200t/audio synthesis ultra dsm dac

i like the 200 series me :-D

Steven Toy
05-03-08, 06:45 PM
Vuk,

A Naim CDS 555 would be nice.

I bought the Linn Majik CD because it reminded me of a CDS2. It is certainly head and shoulders above a CDX, even with an XPS to my ears. Unlike with the Ikemi you can easily follow bass lines too.

I've got my sights on a GamuT CD3 as it is an incredibly musical player for the money. I'll have to admit that I seem to like a lot of Danish hi-fi.

dave
05-03-08, 07:16 PM
Vuk,

A Naim CDS 555 would be nice.

I bought the Linn Majik CD because it reminded me of a CDS2. It is certainly head and shoulders above a CDX, even with an XPS to my ears. Unlike with the Ikemi you can easily follow bass lines too.

I've got my sights on a GamuT CD3 as it is an incredibly musical player for the money. I'll have to admit that I seem to like a lot of Danish hi-fi.

I'm purposely avoiding the 555 and CDS3 knowing how I well I like a CDS2. Same with the 552.

MartinC
05-03-08, 10:23 PM
Marantz CD73 1983 model (s/n 003!. Never worked returned to Comet, somehow I had got a pre-production unit!)
Marantz CD73 1983 model - Nice, smooth sound. Played all of the Rush and BJH CD's available at the time!
1985-??? No CD - back to vinyl
Marantz CD63 SE - no better than the original CD73
Naim CD3 -A little better than the CD73
Naim CDX / XPS - Further improvement but merciless on poor discs
Old SCSI Transport / Flying Cow DAC - Almost as good as the CDX
Heavily Bodged Naim CDX / XPS - Best so far, detailed, 3D but with prat.

eisenach
06-03-08, 12:33 AM
Philips CD100 - 1984ish. Sounded fine to me, and got rid of the snap crackle and pop of classical LPs which was driving
me crazy at that time. Still works - just, and comes out to play from time to time.
Some other Philips job - 1989
Rotel 965BX - 1992. A really good machine, and still going in my son's bedroom.
Audiolab 8000CD - 1990. The Marantz 17KI was on the list at the time. The Audiolab won - it sounded more together.
Audiolab 8000CD + TAG DAC20 - better.
TAG CDT20R TL + TAG DAC20 - even better.
TAG CDT20R TL + TAG AV32R - 2004. It sounds very good to me.
Also have a Philips 963, but only use it for DVD and SACD.

NeilR
06-03-08, 12:47 AM
Marantz CD50SE
dpa renaissance CD player
dpa renaissance transport+SX128 DAC
Simaudio Moon Eclipse CD player
iPod 80GB video also gets used as a source for background listening.

hammeredklavier
06-03-08, 12:55 AM
Some shit by Denon
Something or other by Musical Fidelty - CD1??
Marantz CD52MkII
Rotel RCD-971
Rotel RCD-991 (Wow!!)
Avondale AAA5
Computer

Rosie
06-03-08, 01:10 AM
Rega Planet
Rega Jupiter,Io
Last year bought a Sony CDP 3000 ES,for my son.Did that one make me
stop and think!

Regards Rosie

Rodrat
06-03-08, 01:49 AM
Pioneer pds801 1991 ish still going strong and still use from time to time
Aura CD100 Used daily in the kitchen system
Linn Genki still one of my favourites
AAA5 just pipped the Genki
CD3 needs new transport. I must get off my bum and post to Les.
Pioneer 868, used as a dvd player but I understand its not bad with an external dac. I must try this.

Sandy
06-03-08, 02:43 AM
Arcam Alpha
Meridian 203
Proceed CDP2
Marantz 94
modified NOS player

jrmanders
06-03-08, 02:52 AM
Cambridge CD2
Trichord Genesis
Sony SCD-555ES with VSE level 5+ mods

mikef
06-03-08, 02:55 AM
Naim CDI
Naim CDS2
Streaming solution beckons... but think the CDS2 will be kept.
Also, a Rega Planet Mk1 -- second system (cherished for sound vs value and it's industrial looks)

ultrawomble
06-03-08, 03:20 AM
Marantz CD42 (1993 - 2007)
Exposure 2010S (2007 - still have)

Steven Toy
06-03-08, 04:21 AM
I'm purposely avoiding the 555 and CDS3 knowing how I well I like a CDS2. Same with the 552.

Good move. After hearing the 555/552/500 combination nothing else (from Naim) will do.

Alco
06-03-08, 04:28 AM
Allright then,...here we go:

(starting in 1986 or so)

Philips CD150
Pioneer PD4300
Philips CD104
Nakamichi CDP2
Onkyo DX706
Rotel 930
Rotel 965 (modified with tubes)
NAD 512
Proceed PCD1
Cyrus 1
Marantz CD63KI (2 times)
Naim CD3.5
Naim CDX
Naim CD5x

That's about it.

Rotel

mickhick1
06-03-08, 04:31 AM
Arcam Alpha 5 - pretty good
Quad CD77 - very good
modified Quad CD77 (ALW superregs etc.) - excellent
modified Arcam Alpha 5+ - excellent
Cambridge Azur C740 - excellent, but not quite as good as the modded Alpha 5+, but it has introduced me to using a laptop as source with my soundblaster external USB device into the digital inputs.

I still have the last three, but the Quad is back in the UK and I'm in Singapore.

neil
06-03-08, 04:32 AM
1990 Arcam Delta 70.2
1998 Naim CDX
1999 Naim CDX/XPS
2006 Acoustic Precision Eikos (secondhand early version)

domfjbrown
06-03-08, 04:40 AM
Technics SL-P2
Very solidly built, but once decided to open the drawer without first stopping the disc

Anyone know how to fix one of these? I've got a sick one from 1985 that catalogues nicely, runs, but sometimes can't seek tracks and randomly skips. Pretty sure it's the linear motor as the laser seems strong.

Love the light/prism in the drawer, and the nice "dithering" noises between tracks - there's no silence on that machine!

1991 - Sony CDP-M12 (separate part of a Sony midi system; piece of crap that spent 6 months of the first 12 being repaired. Soldiered on until...
1996 - Pioneer PDS-703 - nice
1999 - Rega Planet - pain in the arse; sounded fine, but had this continual knocking noise from the clamp that never got fixed. Wish I'd kept the Pioneer and added a Rega Io DAC for a *true* digital turntable-like sound ;)
2004 January - Naim CD5
2004 February - Naim CD5/olive Flatcap

No plans to upgrade - CDS3 is nice, but not worth the extra. CD555 is tacky. Don't like the slow cataloguing on Rega new range.

Not at all interested in computer audio or Squeezebox/iPod-like solutions just yet - just can't face putting 1500 CDs on a computer. Plus I'm NOT getting rid of a turntable.

I've also had a few CD personals - the first, a metal-bodied Kenwood, should have been great but had a faulty transport. Stupidly, I bought ex-display while in the States. Piece of crap finally met it's demise when it scratched one of my discs; I threw it across the room and broke the locking mech, and, due to being quite drunk, I went into a blackout and when I came to, there were bits of torn sheet metal, busted up guts, and blood from my torn hands. Quite worrying - but very satisfying.

Current Panasonic discman's on borrowed time though - the centre spindle slid down and was binding on the mechanism (same as the previous 2 Panasonics and 1 Sony) so I jury rigged it with some train ticket - and it works fine :)

If ANYONE wants to sell me a Philips CD100 - I'm interested - I really want to hear one. My old Marantz CD54 (CDM1 transport) didn't sound too bad (bought second hand for random amusement - nice sloooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww access times, but built like a tank)

John
06-03-08, 04:50 AM
Your CD player history?

I guess they are now with downloads and all. Myself, I never bought one. :D

omers
06-03-08, 05:12 AM
Oi I've been changing it so often I can't remember all

1. Sony cd55
2. Rotel RCD855 (better)
3. Arcam black box 3 (better)
4. Marantz CD63SE (much worse what was I thinking)
5. Naim CD3 (lovely)
6. Naim CDI (better and worse)
7. CDX (ok)
8. CDX/XPS (better)
9. dvd + parasound dac 2000 (different)
10. transport pioneer PD91, died quite soon
11. DVD + DPA PDM 1 mk II dac (still have it)
12 DVD + Non OS DAc Audio Mirror (8 x 5143 (?) in parallel, still here somewhere)
13. DVD + MAudio Flying Dac , very good, now at work system.
14. DVD + MAudio Flying Dac 24bits, no different, around 2 years ago.

Anh
06-03-08, 05:18 AM
93-94 Awia XC-300 (150 box job)
94-95 Awia XC-300 modified with copper peices and blue tack LOL
95-95 Awia XC-300 dead.
95-97 Technics 5 disc multiplayer, sounded even worse than the Aiwa
97 - present: Meridian 200 Transport / 203 DAC (happiness for over a decade)

andy831
06-03-08, 05:28 AM
Rega Planet
Naim CDX
Sony CDP X3000es

HiFiman
06-03-08, 06:13 AM
Old Sony
Another old Sony
Marantz CD67
Marantz CD63KI
Naim 3.5
Naim 3.5+ Flatcap
Naim CDX
Naim CDX+CDPS modified Burndy
Naim CDS2+CDPS
Avondale AAA5 best of the bunch :D

synapse
06-03-08, 06:22 AM
arcam alpha 5
rega planet
naim cd5x
cd5x + modded SNAPS

Jezzer
06-03-08, 06:22 AM
Harman Kardon HD7500 - Great!
Marantz CD6000 KI Signature - not bad - plodding bass though
Unison Research Unico CD - great midrange but ultimately all round it could be better
Naim CD5i - PRaT
Naim CD5x/Flatcap2 - PRaT with refinement!
Exposure XXII - disappointing
Copland CDA823 - excellent but a little reserved
Rega Apollo - fantastic VFM - 'punches above its weight'
Rega Saturn - The Daddy!

Tigerjones
06-03-08, 06:26 AM
Cambridge Audio, something cheap
Sony SACD, never had one SACD so have no idea, again sold to my dad
Avondale Audio AA5 - Great CD player
Avondale CD3 - The only CD player I will ever need.

KeithL
06-03-08, 06:30 AM
1982 Technics
Arcam one
Marantz CD63mk2KI
Naim cd5x/fc2
Naim cd5/fc2
Naim cdx2/xps2 current
Phillips CD100 current

these days mostly SB3/BM Dac1

Beobloke
06-03-08, 07:12 AM
Yamaha CD-29
Technics SL-P222
NAD 502
Marantz CD94

sandgrownun
06-03-08, 07:43 AM
Meridian MCD
Nakamichi OMS5EII
TAG McLaren CDT20R transport
Meridian 500 transport

I think this is an amazingly short list for nearly 30 years!

plus assorted DVD players

Stevie A
06-03-08, 08:34 AM
Meridian mcd
Philips cd 624?
Kenwood 9010?transport/various arcam dacs
Arcam delta 170/audiolab 8000dac/Micromega duo bs dac/PT da capo(various filters)
Linn Karik/Numerik
AH! Njoe Tjoeb CD4000 Reference for cd/Denon dvd3930 for sacd/dvda

Re-Joyce
06-03-08, 09:36 AM
Marantz CD63
Added a Dac in the Box
Musical Fidelity CDT
Rotel RCD965BLED
Micromega Duo Pro and ProDac

cheers
Jason

TOFFEEMAN1878
06-03-08, 09:38 AM
Rega Planet only one I have ever bought !

JezmondTutu
06-03-08, 09:43 AM
No cd player until 1994.

Then some reference Pioneer job
Micromega Stage 6
Micromega Drive 3 & Dac
Rega Saturn

Saturn is pretty damned good, but I might switch to Flac with my Auzentech Prelude.

DSJR
06-03-08, 09:50 AM
I thought the Micromega's were really good until the spares and service problems ten years ago or thereabouts.

sandford
06-03-08, 10:03 AM
Naim CD3 Harsh but I still have it, needs to go to Les to be woken up..

Esoteric x-o1 Bloody awesome had it for a day but a 10,000 CD was a bit much for my system.

Audionet Art v2 not bad in fact quite good but no esoteric, I only got this as it was cheap but still listening to it.

robert_cyrus
06-03-08, 10:12 AM
2008 Moon Nova - more detailed and a bit more punch
Me too, how do you find it? I think it's a great player, lots of energy (if that's the right word).

seagull
06-03-08, 10:15 AM
Finally gave in in 2002 and got a CD5 then got a hi-cap.

I suspect it will be my last CDP.

Mark P
06-03-08, 10:26 AM
Sony Discman + 12 CDs: quickly sold
Rega Planet 2000 + 75 CDs: OK for background listening
47 Labs Shigaraki Transport and DAC /Power Humpty/Pure Power Battery Supply + 400 CDs: Sounds great until I play LPs

quickie
06-03-08, 10:47 AM
Sony CDP-30

Philips CD-150

Marantz CD-67

Marantz CD-63 Ki Sig

Avondale AA5

Modified AA5

kjb
06-03-08, 11:58 AM
1991 Marantz CD52 lazer broke after 13 months
1993 Rotel 965BX still running on system 2
1999 Rega Planet 1
2003 Naim CD5 (from 2004 with FC2)

I've changed speakers 6 times since 2002 but tend to stick with the source. How counter intuitive is that?

Kevin

hifienthusiast
06-03-08, 12:21 PM
My first CD player in around 1991 was a cheap but nasty Sony.
Arcam Alpha 5
Marantz CD67se
Quad 66
Mission DAD1
Rega Planet 2000
Naim CD3.5
Naim CD5/FC2
Meridian 507

In my opinion, the difference of the sound of CD players is small compared to speakers or amps. These days, I don't want to change my Meridian 507 at all.

stevied
06-03-08, 12:32 PM
Only 2:

Denon DCD1420 (still have and recently 'Clarked')
Naim CDX (+XPS)

simonbrown
06-03-08, 12:46 PM
marantz cd63se
CDX

adam69
06-03-08, 01:06 PM
Technics SLP something
Marantz CD63
Micromega stage 1
Micromega stage 2
Micromega drive 2 DAC
Micromega drive 2 California Audio lab alpha
Sonneteer Byron/AstinTrew at3500.

Nick Brown
07-03-08, 12:11 AM
Marantz CD63 (the flippy top one)
Sony CDP101
Returned to vinyl for some years
Wadia 3200/X32
Wadia 3200/Perpetual Tech P1A/P3A
Audio Aero Capitole
dCS P8i

Ian Hughes
07-03-08, 12:51 AM
Nakamichi OMS1-E
Rega Planet Mk1 (dishdrainer model)
Linn Ikemi
Linn Akurate CD

BenS
07-03-08, 01:26 AM
Rotel something
Naim CD3 (a revelation!)
Meridian 206 delta-sigma
Naim CD3.5+F.C.
Naim CDi
Naim CDX2
Counterpoint DA10 & DA11 with ultra analogue DAC chipset
I think this will be my last CD player until I hear a computer based system that sounds significantly better

larzyh
07-03-08, 01:38 AM
Denon something or other (520? Maybe!)
Naim CD3

That's it, in over 25 years!

tricky1
07-03-08, 02:41 AM
early Rotel spinner
the a Pioneer 8500 (before they started all that stable platter stuff)
Micromega leader II
Kenwood dpx9010 transport (trichord mod) and AA DDE v1.0
Audiomeca Kreatura (lovely!!), first with the AA DDE v1.0, the a couple of years with an XTC DAC and now with a AA DDEv3.0 upto present day....
However just recently got the Micromega Leader II out the loft and realised how good it is. Been using that for last few weeks.....

rossini
07-03-08, 02:49 AM
cd5i
cdx
cdi
cds2/xps

Stevie A
07-03-08, 02:54 AM
The main failings with Micromega were their service problems,we stopped dealing with them in the 90's because of it,shame because they were great performers.

JimmyB
07-03-08, 03:20 AM
Technics Walkman (bought in Tokyo 1999)
Rotel RCD991 (2weeks but had fault so went back)
Rega Jupiter (1st proper CD, still have)
Rotel RCD991 (Still have, interesting to see how many have had & like this, it's a great CD player)
NAD thingy got left behind in a flat with no display so better used than thrown out!

Was a late starter I guess only getting a CD player finally in 1999 :D

Spike
07-03-08, 05:16 AM
Linn Ikemi

Music Lover
07-03-08, 11:36 PM
Quad
Karik
Karik/Numerik
Ikemi
Unidisk 1.1 Very happy with it, a keeper. Used it a LOT = need a new laser. To stay until Linn release a "DS" that can play film.

Jonboi
08-03-08, 01:05 AM
Naim CDI : Very nice, and my first dip of the toe into the digital world.

Sony DVP-9000ES : Initially bought for movie use, but when seriously listened to on music, preferred it overall to the CDI. Now used mainly for movies again.

Sony DVP-NS9100ES : Used primarily for 2 channel CD, and 2 channel/multi-channel SACD through it's iLink interface to my ES digital amp. Whether it is the player or the iLink interface in combo with a pure digital amp, but I've yet to hear anything I feel is better, regardless of cost, and have no plans to replace it.

Sony DVP-NS51P : Purchased as a backup for a second system. The sound through the analogue outs is OK, but when used as a transport into the digital amp, it rivals the DVP-9000ES performance wise.

Next adventure will be streaming from a Hard Drive......

Probably Mac/Airport into digital amp, but in the meantime....

Sony RDR-HXD970 : Used for time-shifting SD TV. This handy machine has a recordable DVD drive, plus 250Gb HD upon which, one can record music - yet to experiment but very, very nice...

Jon ;)

bluefish
08-03-08, 02:45 AM
1993: Bought the Beatles Red and Blue Albums on CD
Went out to buy a CD player. Hated them.
Took CD's back and exchanged for Vinyl

1995: Cheap Sherwood CD player - just so I could play the things

1998(ish): NAIM CD3.5

2006(ish): Added Flatcap2x

2007: PC with Foobar and firewire card, Apogee AD/DAC, Alice Matchpak Balanced/line converter

Future: ? possibly the Avondale ACD3 as a last CD, probably stick with PC and DAC

DSJR
08-03-08, 02:51 AM
2007: PC with Foobar and firewire card, Apogee AD/DAC, Alice Matchpak Balanced/line converter



Have you (or anyone?) tried the Alice Phonopak RIAA stage?

The price isn't horrendous (230approx) and it looks interesting...

Mike K
08-03-08, 03:17 AM
Naim CD3.5
Avondale ACD3 This is the one to beat.

Mike.

Gerontius
08-03-08, 08:13 AM
Early Philips model, don't remember which
Naim CDI
Naim CDS2

...and I intend to hear the Avondale ACD3.

cliffyboy
08-03-08, 10:56 AM
1994: Phillips CD 850 MkII (trichord clock replacement & PSU)

1999: Cambrige Audio CD1

2004: Exposure CD Player (on the 1st ever released ser. no. ooo23, upgarded internal transformer, full resoldered internally)

Furyous
08-03-08, 12:59 PM
1999 - NAD C520
2001 - MF A3.2
2006 - MF A3.2 + Chord DAC64
2007 - MF X-Ray / PS3 + Chord DAC64
2007 - Meridian 206b / PS3 + Chord DAC64
2008 - Sony CDP-X3000ES / PS3 + Chord DAC64

bluefish
09-03-08, 05:03 PM
Have you (or anyone?) tried the Alice Phonopak RIAA stage?

The price isn't horrendous (230approx) and it looks interesting...

No, I've not tried it, but the Matchpak sounds great. I was looking at getting the Aqvox Phono 2 CI, as a balanced phono-preamp. This works as a current amplifier for a MC cartridge. But I would first need to rewire the LP12/Aro to give a balanced output. I haven't had time to research this further yet.

hman
09-03-08, 05:11 PM
1992 Phillips portable
1996 JVC CD
1998 Orelle CD100 (R.I.P. in 2001, still miss it)
1998 Sony XB930
2004 Sony XB930 transport modified by Harmony Design
2007 Onkyo DV-SP504e-

P700
18-03-08, 05:44 AM
Marantz CD-40
Marantz CD-11LE later clocked (Audicom)
Added Chord DAC-64
Sold CD-11LE and bought Pioneer DV565a
Replaced DV565a with Phillips DVDR-1000 clocked (Clock2 Trichord) (Bought a 2nd for 7.50 on e-bay in case install went wrong)

RJohan
18-03-08, 09:49 AM
In the 'Your turntable history' thread I bragged about only having owned three turntables in 35 years. My CD history is nearly as good:

- 1986 Sony D50 Discman (really, really crap sounding)
- 1992 Naim CDS (later 'serviced' to a CDS II)

JohanR

playchess
18-03-08, 10:22 AM
My first entry level in Hi-fi was in january 2007: Trend audio 10.1 with sound card M-audio 24/96
the second level was : Arcam Solo ( cd player in the arcam is Arcam Cd73 )
Now for the third level will be with my Naim kit (105x+122x) : Naim Cd5x or Rega Saturn or Rega apollo if i have not the patience to wait ...

YNWOAN
18-03-08, 10:33 AM
CD player, not bought one yet - I don't like to rush into these 'new' formats.

Zombie
18-03-08, 02:18 PM
Philips CD615
Marantz CD63 MkII KIS
Marantz CD67 SE
Quad 67CD
Quad 99 CDP

Alex S
20-03-08, 02:34 AM
Naim CD3
Naim CDX
Naim CDX + CDPS
Naim CDS2
Densen 400XS + Philips 963SA

(BM DAC1 - tried and failed)

Paul McGarry
20-03-08, 02:55 AM
Planet
CD3
Creek cd50
Accuphase 55, then 65.

Always loved the expensive Micromega players, on their looks alone. One for the study, maybe, one day.

timpy
20-03-08, 03:06 AM
Yamaha CDX-5 - couldn't get on with it - Natural sound? bollox
Philips CD373 - still got it
Marantz CD-52
Nad 5440
Arcam Alpha 8
Marantz CD67SE
Cambridge Audio DAC 3 around this time
and Tag McLaren DAC 20 which worked well on the Alpha 8, not so much the Marantz

now

Teac VRDS-T1 transport with Trichord Clock 4 and Never Connect PS; and Wadia 15 DAC heavily modded by Tony @ Coherent Systems. The only things I've heard better for CD replay are later things modded by Tony.

Cheers

Mullardman
20-03-08, 06:57 AM
Rotel RCD-965BX

TEAC P-30 Transport/BenchmarkDAC1

That's it.

Mull

Jeam
20-03-08, 12:14 PM
1994-Kenwood 1010
1996-Teac vrds-7
1999-Naim 3.5+flatcap
now -Naim 3.5+hicap (great upgrade!)

Warren Day
21-03-08, 09:35 AM
Five steps to heaven...

SONY CDP-65
Philips CD104
Cambridge CD2
Linn Ikemi
Linn Sondek CD12

S-Bar
21-03-08, 10:20 AM
Some Technics
Some NAD
Some Marantz
Exposure 2010
Exposure 2010 + Trivista 21 DAC
Resolution Audio 21 Opus, modded by Trichord Research
Ayre CX-7e
Burmester 006
Burmester 006 + Museatex Bitstream DAC, with 2007 upgrades by John Wright

tyrant
22-03-08, 04:39 AM
Arcam Alpha 1 - 1985 (?) 2 tries, both faulty, a mistake
Marantz CD873 - 1985 - 2000 (?), cheap mid-sized player, sounded ok with my old Creek amp and Heybrook speakers, lasted for ages until it started making ticking noises
Micromega 1990 (?) - their first player, awful, another mistake
Marantz CD63Mk2KI - 1995 (?) - 2008, still sounds good to me

ktish
22-03-08, 05:27 AM
Late '94 - Sony Discman Sport as travelling for a year.

1999 - Copland CDA 289 when I finally realised I probably wasn't returning to the UK and shipped the LP12 and stuff overseas.

err...nothing else

Keep thinking about clocking it and Trichord NC PSU but as the rugrat is now mobile and the standmounts are now shelf-mounts, probably not worth the expense. Still looks killer scandanavian cool. TT boxed...:(.

Keith

percival007
08-06-08, 05:00 AM
1) Kenwood DP-460 Late 80's

2) Kenwood DP-1000 Don't know the date. (Modified to give Coax SPDIF out) + Nakamichi DAC-101 in-car converter.

3) Pioneer PD-73 (Squarest SPDIF output i have ever 'scoped) + Nak DAC-101. This is still my current set-up, wouldn't swap it for anything! The Nak is just wonderfull, 16 bits 8X oversampling and two TDA1541 Crown Versions. Just the best sounding CD replay i have heard.

But, now also own and use occasionally:-

Philips CD-100
" " CD-202
" " CD-303
" " CD-104 (X3).
I really don't know what people were meaning when they said early CD sounded awfull. The CD-100 playing the very first CD produced through some valve amps and decent speakers sounds lovely?!?!

James.

RAK44
08-06-08, 05:56 AM
Marantz think it might have been the 52 given to me by my son when he left home.
Teac T1 transport with tiny Audio Alchemy dac.
Marantz CD17 KI Sig.
Naim CDX that has started to jump so useing until I can get it fixed,
Audio Alchemy ACD-2 through a Musical Fidelity X10-D.

Roy

dsg
08-06-08, 02:07 PM
It took me a long time to get into CD. I'm still not sure if I like it.

1998 - Sony Discman something - looking back, it sounded terrible
1999 - Sony micro system - surprisingly not bad at all, still in use
2004 - Marantz CD52 (on loan from friend) - inoffensive but dull
2006 - Returned the Marantz and bought a secondhand Naim CD3.5 - a breath of fresh air; made CD listenable. Interestingly, I had only once heard one in about 1999 and it was just as I remembered. The "Naim sound"?
2007 - Naim CDX - has moments of brilliance, at other times sounds too "digital". Now of course I want an XPS...

Damian

Setting Son
08-06-08, 02:18 PM
Not one machine listed in this thread that makes me think 'wish I had one of those'. Not so for the cartridge thread, however.

John P
08-06-08, 02:32 PM
DENON DCD500
TECHNICS SLPG550
ROTEL RCD951
REGA PLANET 2
ARCAM CD33
NAIM CD5
NAIM CD5X
NAIM CDX
NAIM CDS2/XPS AND NAIM CD5i-2

ATB

John

eisenach
08-06-08, 03:16 PM
Philips CD100 - 1984ish. Sounded fine to me, and got rid of the snap crackle and pop of classical LPs which was driving
me crazy at that time. Still works - just, and comes out to play from time to time.
Some other Philips job - 1989
Rotel 965BX - 1992. A really good machine, and still going in my son's bedroom.
Audiolab 8000CD - 1990. The Marantz 17KI was on the list at the time. The Audiolab won - it sounded more together.
Audiolab 8000CD + TAG DAC20 - better.
TAG CDT20R TL + TAG DAC20 - even better.
TAG CDT20R TL + TAG AV32R - 2004. It sounds very good to me.
Also have a Philips 963, but only use it for DVD and SACD.

2008 TAG DVD32R - sounds even better! :)

smegger68
08-06-08, 03:24 PM
Yamaha CD-X5 - sounded ok through the system I had at the time. Started making funny clicking noises so changed for...

Cambridge Audio CD4 - Darling of What Hi-Fi at the time. Clearly an improvement but a little Gray and Cold sounding, So added a...

Cambridge Audio DACmagic 1 - about a 20% improvement for a bargain 40 at a local 2nd hand shop. Soon changed for a...

Cambridge Audio DACmagic 2 - traded it in at Richers for more than I paid for the spanky new mk2 version. Not a LOT better but I convinced myself it was. Until in the same 2nd hand shop I saw...

Arcam Blackbox 50 DAC - HUGE improvement over the Cambridge DACs. Much more soundstage and imaging. So impressed I sold the CD4 and bought a....

Cambridge Audio Discmagic 1 Transport - Made very little difference really but I had been seduced by the hype surrounding transports. Plus Richers were selling them off for 99. Kept this combo for years until I got a good offer for the DAC. Used the transport direct into my Sony Minidisc player for a while but then had problems with the transport playing CD-r's so traded in for a....

Arcam Alpha 7se - Sounded quite nice most of the time but occasionally sounded way too bright. Tried to fix this by purchasing...

Moodlabs Concept NOS DAC - tamed the brightness and gave me back some bass. Still not entirely happy so added...

Yaqin Tube Buffer - A unity amplifier with a tube input stage. Sound was much more 'analogue' but eventually the bug bit again. Changed the Moodlabs DAC for a...

Meridian 203 - replaced the NOS DAC and the tube buffer in my system. Warm lush detailed sound now rules the roost in my cd setup. Sold the Arcam as I started using a Pioneer DV 565a multiplayer in my system and no longer needed the extra box. Finally convinced myself I needed a better transport last year and added...

Pioneer PD 703 Stable Platter - into the Meridian this combo is the best digital sound I have yet heard from my system and with my music.


So this is where I am at the moment and have reached a place where i have no more digital itches to scratch. Wish i could stop buying turntables and speakers though!

abe
08-06-08, 10:00 PM
1) Technics SLPG580 (Bought 1997 - used to play CD-R occasionally till today)

2) Marantz CD10 (Bought 1995 - My primary music powerhouse, used daily and still going strong till today)

Currently playing mostly MP3s and Apple Lossless songs via the Mac & Nuforce Icon's DAC.
I don't know I should upgrade to what now. Really like the sound of mBL and Primare, but those are waaay beyond my limited fund.

flamer
09-06-08, 05:14 PM
Marantz CD4000 modded

to

Cambridge audio D500 SE

to

Micromega Stage 6

to & currently using

Holfi Xara

andrewken
09-06-08, 05:35 PM
Phillips CD104 (I think) which broke out of warranty
Went mad and bought a Marantz CD94 in late 80's which at the time seemed a lot of money.
Lasted for years, updated it with a Little Bit DAC
Linn Genki
Then in the last 3 years I've changed my system loads of times and been really dissapointed until now. This has been the run:
Arcam DV79
Naim CDX2 then upgraded after a few months with XPS
AVI CD player with Benchmark DAC
Linn Unidisk 1.1 - probably as far as I'm going on the upgrade path.

I gave my son the Marantz, which finally gave up 3 years ago after almost 17 years of use with no problems. So this has probably been the best in terms of value for money. Used AVI with Benchmark was also pretty good for the cash.

nightcleaner
09-06-08, 05:46 PM
In line now

Sony cd-xe270 80 http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/3320510/Sony-CDP-XE270-CD-Player/Product.html?cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Electronics-_-CD+Players-_-Sony%2BCDP-XE270%2BCD%2BPlayer%2B(Silver)&source=5065&engine=froogle_electronics&keyword=Sony+CDP-XE270+CD+Player+(Silver)

Cambridge azur 640 250 Richer sounds http://www.froogle.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=CAMB-640C-V2-SIL

Something always fascinated us why the 250 Cd player discriminates like crazy. Where the Sony plays anything and everything you put in her. sounds pretty good too

jackbarron
10-06-08, 05:08 AM
Uhhhh, it has been:

1992 A Sony machine - it played CDs but didn't have a great sound quality.

1996 A Philips machine - it played CDs and looked ugly.

2001 Linn Classik - it looked great and sounded cool.

2007 Naim CD3.5 - Out came the Naim sound.

2007 Naim CD5 - I quickly upgraded to this and still have it.

2007 Naim CD5/Flatcap 2x - The Flatcap has improved the presentation etc. I plan to try a Hi-Cap with it though.

If the Hi-Cap doesn't upgrade the sound, I could continue to go up the Naim ladder.

I will, however, also try to get to listen to an Avondale ACD3 and a Densen 400XS.

I'm also using a Mac Pro, Airport Xpress, and Beresford DAC to play Apple Lossless files.

The digital file side will definitely be upgraded. It already sounds pretty good even at this level.

Jack

vicdiaz
10-06-08, 07:02 AM
1986-2003 -> Adcom GCD-575
1994 -> Sony Discman
2003-2008 -> Linn Genki
2008 -> Linn Akurate DS (no more CD players!!!)

uncl_nigel
10-06-08, 12:56 PM
Yamaha CDX4 - developed an intermittent fault after about 5 years

Micromega Optic - once it broke down (after about three years, Micromega never managed to repair it)

At the same time as I moved to Naim amplification (Nait 3):-
Linn KARIK s/n110xx initial hiccoughs cured effectively. Lasted me about 9 years of heavy use before laser conked out - no spare mechs available from Linn.

Now, Arcam CD36. A lovely little machine with a very pleasant sound. When I am feeling lazy I use this quite happliy even for "serious" listening (whatever that is)! But at the moment I am buying and listening to much more vinyl than CD - about four to one.

For the future? Two possible directions - a good universal player (a first class oxymoron, if ever there was one:) or a CEC transport with an Audionote DAC. With my current Naim amps!!!

Oh! And a host of portable players for in train/plane/hotel use - I am careful with them but they rarely seem to last me more than three years of light use; I only travel for leisure.

goldiver
11-06-08, 01:47 AM
One of the first Sony CDPs - 1984
Various Denons
* long break *
Rega Apollo
Densen 400XS

...really fascinated with the number of people on this forum playing digital files via PC...
I've never heard this format even approach a modest mid-price CD player in terms of sonics. I hope I'm proved wrong one day - got about a terabyte's worth of FLAC files!
(Which I burn onto CDR with a Plextor drive via Roxio disc creator)

Fantozzi
01-12-08, 05:07 PM
Pioneer PD 6500
Pioneer PD 801
Pioneer PD 75
Sony CDPX 339ES
Sony CDPX 559ES
Sony CDP XA 50 ES
Pioneer PD 8700
Pioneer PD 9700 ( all round quality very natural sound still have one)
ROTEL RCD 990

jaspert
01-12-08, 05:15 PM
Sansui Midi system
Some cheap Pioneer PD206 player for a few months
1998 Marantz CD 67SE for a few years ( later as a CD transport)
Added Bel Canto Dac 2 DAC in 2001 ( DPA T1 transport)

Current- Lavry DA10 Dac + CEC TL51XR as transport - smooth and musical combination.

YNWOAN
01-12-08, 05:17 PM
Not a very long history in my case......

Haven't bought one yet.

RustyB
01-12-08, 05:37 PM
Relatively late adopter. Could (should?) have bought a Cambridge CD2 or CD3, but first purchase was the original Meridian 203 DAC in 1990, brought back from the UK and matched up with a Kenwood DPX-9010.

Then:

DPX-9010/ MF Digilog
DPX-9010/ Audiolab 8000DAC
Micromega Stage 3
Marantz CD17 Mk2 KISig
Arcam Alpha 5
Creek CD60

The latter two are much modified and still in rotation.

Short-term visitors:

Audiolab 8000CDM
Arcam Black Boxes 1 and 2
Deltec Bigger Bit
DPA Enlightenment Drive
DPA DX32
Rotel RCD 955AX
Rotel RCD 965BX
Meridian 203 DAC7
Sony CDP-XE900E
Arcam Alpha One
Arcam D70.2

AlwaysAktive
01-12-08, 05:39 PM
The first one I heard (at a friends house) made me want to hide behind his sofa - the 'top end' was rather like having a filling drilled without the benefit of it stopping shortly.

That kept me off them for ages until having heard a rather lowly Trio player with treble that didn't bite, I bought one.

Replacing it after a few years as they were getting better lead to auditioning a few. As the price tag increased, they sounded more like music being played rather than being inflicted.

A Linn Karik was as good as I could afford.

A year or so after that a s/h Linn Numerik was added and they are still hooked up.

Strangely enough, when I heard the Numerik the CD12 had just come out. Even though I didn't want to spend that amount, it was demo'd out of interest. It was one of the most amazing components I ever heard anywhere.

I still feel that tempting pang when I see them bring a fraction of the 12,000 (new price) on Ebay.

I often wonder if others are as daft as me in that respect.

Having said that, vinyl gets much more playing time, but at least the CD doesn't sound as terrible as the first impression it made on me all those years ago.

KeithL
02-12-08, 12:58 AM
1984 - Technics, sold
1990 - Phillips Bitstream, sold
1995 - Arcam One, sold
1997 - Marantz CD63mk2 KI, sold
2003 - Phillips CD100
2005 - Naim CD5X/Flatcap, sold
2005 - Naim CD5/Flatcap, sold
2006 - Naim CDX2/XPS2, sold
2008 - Cyrus CD8

The 5 year old Cyrus CD8 is more balanced and enjoyable than any of my previous Naim players and cost me 1/13 of the proceeds from the sale of my CDX2/XPS2.

The 26 year old Phillips CD100 gets aired occasionally and still sounds remarkably good.

Keith

iTz
02-12-08, 04:08 AM
Over the past 20-25 years

Technics SL-something, worked really well.
Micromega stage 6, sounded good but wouldn't play most records.
Naim CDI, loved this one
Naim CDX+XPS, hated the humming XPS but had it for years
Naim CDX bare, no humming and not as good sounding.
Cambridge 840C, really like this one - will stay for a long time.

// Stefan

Papa Lazarou
02-12-08, 04:25 AM
Over the past 18 years.....

Denon DCD-925 - perfectly adequate in my basic system at the time
Arcam Alpha - The original 16 bit model. I liked it.
Meridian 506.20 - My first taste of high-end sound. A beautiful machine.
Meridian 507 - IMO the best 500 series player ever. A bit like the 506.20 with a more incisive sound.
Arcam Diva CD62 - Bloody awful and dull. Bought for my bedroom system.
Esoteric X-03se - The best one-box player at 5k IMO. I cannot imagine ever selling it.

fraser.
02-12-08, 05:08 AM
Acoustic solutions something something- NO
Marantz 6000 OSE
VRDS 10SE - started flirting with DACs on this machine- beresford, Shek d2, Dacmagic, etc

currently own:
playstation
Philips CD104
Sony CDP M95
all tweaked

mr_spanners
02-12-08, 05:27 AM
Sansui 'Something or Other' back in 1988
Technics SL-PG200 with 'MASH' (but sadly no pie!)
Kenwood 3020 with Meridian 203 DAC
Naim CD3
Naim CDX (& CDPS)

Rarely use CD nowadays - got everything on a music server and connected to SB3 and DAC.

Rob N
02-12-08, 12:20 PM
Some cheap Aiwa
Marantz CD52
Marantz CD63 KI Signature
MF X Ray
Tube Technology Fusion
MF NuVista
MF TriVista
Marantz CD12
AMR CD77

Mignun
02-12-08, 03:56 PM
CD players I have owned, good, bad and ugly...

Denon DCD1000 - underwhelmed but miles better than a Hitachi 800 I'd tried beforehand. Still mostly buying LPs...
Nakamichi OMS1 - Bought blind because it was a Nak and matched my cassette decks. Idiot. kept me listening to LPs...
Marantz CD42 - sweet and refined but lacking balls. Works OK as a transport. Horrible display! Still got this one, boxed and mint just in case I need a spare CDM4
Rotel RCD855 - much more like it! Ballsy, fun and still doing good service in my Mother's system
Marantz CD67 OSE - not bad for the money. Nicely made, nice sound. Nice... The VW Golf of CD players. Still listening mostly to LP...
Naim CD5 - hmmm... CD's actually pretty damn good...
Naim CD5 + Flatcap - "Involving". How much better does it get..?
Naim CDX - a step forwards in so many ways, and yet... sometimes a hankering for CD5 + Flatcap
Naim CDX + XPS - OK, all is forgiven. Buying lots of CDs!
Naim CDS2 + XPS - buying more CDs. Listening to CD more than LP...
Meridian 206B - bought cheap s/h. Always loved the looks. Doing good service in my 80's system. Now where's that Marantz with the spare CDM4 gone...?
Naim CDS3 + XPS2 - current CD spinner and quite sublime. Haven't yet heard a streamer/DAC combo to touch it (no, not even THAT one...) and believe me, I have been trying out this approach...

Of course this doesn't include any of the other devices that can play CDs that I've had, such as SACD players, DVD players and the like. Although I have to say, my DVD5 can do a damn good job with CD - reminds me a bit of a CDX, actually... What a shame that DVD-A/DAD never took off as some of these discs can sound astonishing.

vicdiaz
02-12-08, 04:02 PM
1988 - Adcom GCD-575
2002 - Linn Genki
2008 - Bunch of PC's for ripping Cds to my Linn Akurate DS digital streamer and my bedroom Ubuntu/GMediarender PC.

mmterror
02-12-08, 05:52 PM
1990 Technics SL-277 MASH - Sold for 30
1993 Meridian 506 - Traded in 2001 for 300
2001 Meridian 507 - Still got it.

Todd A
02-12-08, 05:55 PM
Not that really many, if portable players are excluded.

1990 - Sony player of some sort
1993 - Kenwood 5-disc changer of some sort
1998 - Rega Planet
2000 - Naim CD 3.5
2002 - Naim CDX
2008 - Naim CDX2

No more CD players for me. I'll be moving on to HDD/DAC combos in the future.

DuncanF
03-12-08, 03:10 AM
I was working for Holland Signaal (part of Phillips) in the Netherlands just out of uni back in the 80's so my list starts back then as we could get hold of these expensive new beasties with a staff discount.

My overiding recollection of the first three was the endless fun that could be had selecting a track towards the end of a CD and watching the player chunter for 30 seconds or so as it skipped to find the track!

Oh and that the Phillips, MCD Pro and Renaissance all were as unreliable as an unrelaible thing, and eventually died a death.

1984 - Phillips CD-101
1986 - Meridian MCD
1989 - Meridian MCD Pro (factory upgrade)
1995 - DPA Renaissance
1999 - CDX
2000 - CDX + XPS
2001 - CDS-II + XPS
2007 - none of the above. All PC based now.

DuncanF
03-12-08, 03:12 AM
***

Gromit
03-12-08, 03:17 AM
Arcam Alpha - did the job for 10 years whilst I was sussing out if CD was a viable source for me or not.

Naim CD1 - loved this thing, warts and all. Great fun, but could do subtle as well.

Cambridge 840C - just sold it. F*ck knows why...it just does it all and for the money is a bit of a steal. A great player, and even better when one considers how versatile it is - the internal DAC is obviously very good indeed.

Am now searching out the possibility of getting a separate transport (anyone want to sell me a TEAC?) to go into my soon-to-arrive Beresford. :)

Cereal Killer
03-12-08, 03:50 AM
RIP:

mission DAD7000
marantz 63B
meridian MCD
meridian MCD pro
meridian 206B
micromega micro drive and dac
micromega duo pro and dac
micromega t-drive and t-dac
audiolab 8000CD
naim CDX
micromega stage 6
meridian 588

alive and kicking: supernait/2TB-NAS/laptop.

duncan
03-12-08, 03:52 AM
Micromega Stage 2. Sounded quite good for the money but rather temperamental. Got tired of it's eccentricities after 8 years and bought a second-hand...
Naim CDI. Love it. Still going after 7 years. Keep thinking it's going to die but it soldiers on, sounding great.

Err...that's it. I've not got the hang of this have I?

mozza
03-12-08, 04:02 AM
80s Kenwood model-can't remember model-looked very solid and sounded ok
Arcam Alpha 5+ Enjoyed until it packed up 2 years ago
AAAA5+ above resurrected-in a different league-first taste of proper sound.

duncan
03-12-08, 04:10 AM
Naim CD1 - loved this thing, warts and all. Great fun, but could do subtle as well.

Cambridge 840C - just sold it. F*ck knows why...it just does it all and for the money is a bit of a steal. A great player, and even better when one considers how versatile it is - the internal DAC is obviously very good indeed.

How do they compare?

I don't expect my CDI to last for ever. A HDD/DAC option is a possibility for me but the other half is a CD into tray kinda gal.

Gromit
03-12-08, 04:27 AM
How do they compare?

I don't expect my CDI to last for ever. A HDD/DAC option is a possibility for me but the other half is a CD into tray kinda gal.

Hi Duncan - the CA doesn't have quite the get-up-and-go of the Naim, but it is a whole lot more satisfying over a much wider range of musical genre. It's more expansive and much clearer - harmonic detail (ie colour of tones/pitch) is more convincing too. A great player, and nicely built too - especially the remote which is a weighty, solid piece of kit. :)

I too was slightly worried about the long-term future of the Naim, although mine worked perfectly I always had that 'any minute now' feeling.

duncan
03-12-08, 12:48 PM
Cheers Gromit. It'll be on the list as and when the CDI makes it's final spin. Despite being a theoretical mullet, it's too fun to do anything about at present.

kneecap
03-12-08, 01:56 PM
marantz cd73
marantz cd40
marantzcd63
arcam cd72

but now 90% vinyl...........................(project x pack)

CyrusPower
04-12-08, 01:28 PM
Pioneer DEX-77 - in car CD player, first in household, used to listen to the first CDs I bought in my parents car on the driveway! (1988)
Sony CDP-750 (1988)
Technics SLP-S50 (1990)
TEAC PDH-500 (1997)
TEAC PDH-500C (2000)
Cyrus CD8SE (2008)

flamer
04-12-08, 02:30 PM
My updated list in Chronological order

Marantz CD4000 modded (Sold)
Cambridge audio D500 SE (Kept as backup cdp)
Micromega Stage 4 to 6 (Sold)
Holfi Xara (Faulty)
Rega Apollo (Currently luving)

David.Ohiggins
04-12-08, 02:57 PM
Rotel something
Meridian 203 with MF Digilog
Naim CDI
Naim CDS 2
Naim CDS3
Naim CDS3+555ps
Naim 555 + 555ps
Naim 555 + 2x555ps (next week).
Oh Dear!

BostonDave
15-02-09, 05:23 PM
Held out until '94. My players in order to the best of my recollection:

Sony CDP-545 5-Disc changer. Bought new in 1994 went to the curb in 2000 after the drawer stopped working for good. $250

GM Radio/Cassette/CD Player in my '96 Pontiac. Stayed with the car when I sold it in 1999.

Panasonic Boombox CD Player. Bought new in 1997. Still use it in the workshop and garage.

Panasonic Portable 'discman type' CD player bought new in 1998. Still have this and still use it.

Alpine car stereo CD player. Had installed in my the '94 Celica I bought in 1999. Sold with the car in 2002.

Yamaha CDC-775 5-Disc changer. Bought new in 2000 for $250. Nice sounding player. Drawer stopped opening about 2 weeks ago. Might have a go at repairing it.

Toyota Car Stereo/CD Player came with my new 2003 Toyota Celica.

Nikko NCD915R single disc CD player circa 1995? Bought used for $20 to load CD data into my recording setup. Solidly built, but tinny sounding player.

Technics SL-PD807 5 disc changer Circa 1991. Bought used for $25 in Jan 2009 to replace the Yamaha. MASH technology, nice 'warmer' sounding player.

Pioneer PD-F906 100+1 Disc CD Player Circa 1998? This just came included with a bunch of late '70s components I bought recently - Feb 2009. Works great and actually is pretty good sounding player.

Toshiba XR-Z70 Single CD Player circa 1983. Paid $35 used. This is a second generation CD player (Toshiba's first came out at the end of 1982 along with other manufacturers). It's a high end player with its own preamp with variable and fixed outs. It's heavy and built like a tank - has a heat synch on the back. Works perfectly and is easily the best sounding player I've ever owned. Came with a remote which was optional at the time and cost about $50 more. The player alone listed for $850 in 83/84.

joel
15-02-09, 06:06 PM
Toshiba XR-Z70 Single CD Player circa 1983. Very nice find, especially in working order. Toshiba was a fairly serious player in the Japanese audio market with its Aurex brand.

Peter Stockwell
16-02-09, 03:26 AM
micromega stage 6
CDX
CDX/XPS


I did that transition between 1999 and 2009. Before:

1985 Sony ES something or other, a nice player though, as good as the Heybrook TT2 I was running.
1987 Technics portable, can't remember the model number
1988 Marantz CD75, nice player too.
1990 Sansui, can't remember the model number
1991 Bitstream philips, nice player, can't remember the model number
1992 Denon more or less entry level can't remember the model number
1995 Micromega Stage 1
1996 Micromega Stage 2

and after:

2009 audiocom something or other.

cliffpatte
16-02-09, 03:55 AM
A very early Philips CD player in about 1983
A denon Bitstream machine from about 1988
A Naim CDX from about 1998
A CDS2 from about 1999
A Meridian 500 transport into Benchmark DAC1 from around 2006

although to be frank, I mostly use Slim Server and one or other squeezebox .....

Bas V
16-02-09, 05:39 AM
Maybe I'll miss a few...

JVC something (midi-system)
Sony CDP-X555ES
Naim CDI
Linn Classik
Naim CD5 + HiCap
Naim CD2 & Naim CD3.5 & AH! Njoetjoeb '99
Naim CDX2
Exposure XXII & Naim CDX

All players had different strenghts (and weaknesses). Hard to say which I like(d) best. Overall I tend to think that the Naim CDX2 was the best player I have owned (and considering it's price it should be).

deserter
16-02-09, 05:54 AM
Only just seen this thread.....

Avoided CD until about 2001 or thereabouts, then:-

Pioneer 505 for background music
Naim CD3.5
Naim CDX
Densen B400XS

Obviously the Densen is the best, by a huge distance; lovely on its own although sadly still a long way away from a good vinyl setup (altho better than many bad ones)

Of the Naim CD players, although objectively the CDX was better, (bigger soundstage, more detail) it was never as satisfying as the 3.5; which in turn sounded nicer without hi-cap - same comments really.

divuk83
16-02-09, 07:09 AM
Not many really:
Sony Discman of somekind
Rotel RCD 955AX
Arcam CD62
Naim CD5i
Looking at getting a CD5X at some point soon.

Dave

Bagga
16-02-09, 07:26 AM
Marantz CD94 (stolen by burglar - Forest Hill 1995)
Arcam Alpha 5+ (Thanks Billy Vee)
AAA5 (coming soon!) :D

Mick P
16-02-09, 07:38 AM
Chaps

I started with a Pioneer CDP linked into a Pioneer A400 amp.

I then bought a CD3.5 / 32.5 / 140 / Saras and discovered what music was.

Regards

Mick

Engels
16-02-09, 07:38 AM
Still on my first... Arcam Delta 70.3 c1993. Held out with vinyl until then, when new LPs became difficult to obtain with ease.

Happy with sound and would rather spend pennies to feed it new CDs than replace it

fraser.
16-02-09, 09:52 AM
If anyone's been following the thread on DIYaudio about the 'affordable' CD transport and thinking about giving it a go- please do! It's fairly easy, even for an idiot like me and it's by far the biggest step up in CD sound i've ever come accross. tbh i didn't ever 'get' the night and day differences other folk seemed to between digital players- but this is definitely a revelation for me- even with a shitty DAC

magicmarkie
19-02-09, 05:50 AM
Meridian MCP 1
Marantz CD63
Cambridge Azon 750C/Denon 2910

jaz9706
22-02-09, 04:18 PM
my oh my the memories...
yamaha (dont remember what model it was 1985 for gods sake)
marantz cd60se (1990)
(fell by the wayside for a few years)
arcam cd22
musical fidelity a5

very happy with the A5. probably upgrade to a 1008 at some point in the distant future...

Simon
22-02-09, 06:38 PM
Philips CD104
Rotel 855
Rotel 855/Meridian 203 DAC (very nice)
Naim CD3
Naim CD2 (lovely)

No plans on any change in the future.

Harry1212
22-02-09, 07:43 PM
Philips 104

Naim 3.5 & Flatcap

That's it . . .

RustyB
22-02-09, 08:23 PM
Since previous post, the AA5 has departed, and the CD60 moved aside for a Rotel RCD 970BX.

A bit of a sleeper, this player uses the CDM9 mech and the hybrid TDA1305 DAC, with AD711's on the o/p. Reminds me of a CD3.5 (same DAC), with punchy bass and pace, and a little harshness, which has disappeared after a bit of tweaking.

This player is built far better than the earlier ones (eg 965) and sounds a lot more detailed. A tweaker's delight, the bottom panel is removable, there's a separate DAC board, which could easily be powered by a dedicated transformer.

Not at all embarassed by the new Cyrus CD6se.

Durmbo
23-02-09, 12:31 AM
I recently bought a Panasonic player, like a Discman except in name. My first portable CD player! It handles CDR, CDRW, and MP3 discs, and I bought it partly to play the burnt discs that the Denon 1015 sometimes chokes on.

Since these erstwhile stalwarts of portable music are now all but obsolete, I acquired it for almost nothing. It doesn't match the Denon through the hi-fi, of course (other shortcomings aside, it has a slight dip in the midrange in comparison), but it does an acceptable job if you don't know the music. I enjoy it through earphones - in fact I've discovered new pleasures in most of the discs I've listened to, especially when I'm away from home.

A pair of AAs seems to last forever and it can recharge NiMH AAs overnight when plugged into the mains, though I haven't tried this yet. I only wish it had a line out for better sound through an amplifier.

Bagga
24-02-09, 01:05 AM
Marantz CD94 (A battleship of a player - sadly stolen in early 1990s):confused:
Arcam Alpha 5+
AAA5 - coming soon....:D

ian walker
24-02-09, 01:56 AM
Pioneer 801 stable platter thingy.
Marantz cd63 se.
Naim cd3.5.
Naim cds2,

And now Helios X5000 media player,bye bye cds :).

Shane2468
24-02-09, 09:43 AM
Some Marantz CD player (Can't remember)
Arcam Alpha 7 CD player
Sonneteer Byron CD player

Now I have a Rotel RCD-1070 CD player, which has had some upgrades from the first owner. The sound this CD player produces is very good, very analog and dynamic sounding, and it competes very well with my Michell Syncro.

In some ways it's like having a second turntable which is more refined sounding LOL!!!

MOL
24-02-09, 01:06 PM
only two...

CDS

CDS3

jlw2000
25-02-09, 09:37 AM
1986 - 1990: Some Yamaha player. Sounded pretty good to my young ears but it broke down and I jumped to...
1990 - 2000: Sony ES Changer. Never sounded as bright as the Yammie, but it was a tank and got me through college, grad school, my NYC apartment... this one saw all the real action (wink wink nudge nudge), but alas it also broke down....
2000 - 2001: NAD c520 (never liked it)
2001 - 2004: NAD c540 (nice, but upgrade bug hit)
2004 - 2005: Arcam Diva cd7 (overhyped, overpriced)
2005 - 2006: Rega Apollo (ssssssibilant... never understood the reviews)
..... around this time begins my fascination with streaming audio via the Squeezebox.....
2005 - 2008: Rega Jupiter 2000 (ahhhh nice, but find myself using a Squeezebox more often)
2009 - NOW: Rega Jupiter / IO combo. (didn't want to lose the sound of the Jupiter, but needed the DAC portion for the Squeezebox, so I took a step back intime. Fabulous combo).

I think a good idea for some enterprising audio company would be to allow access to the DAC for devices such as the Squeezebox. If one could "get the sound" of the Rega Saturn, bypassing the transport, that would be bliss. Slim Devices does this with the Transporter, which is I guess sort of the point (could use a cheap transport with the Transporter for the odd CD).

cjarchez
25-02-09, 10:34 AM
some midi sized Ferguson thing
Marantz CD75
Denon DCD1520
period of no hifi at all!
Audio Analogue Paganini
Meridian 506.24 & PS1 with "Dogbreath" mods
Would have liked to upgrade but the CDP market/state of play is too uncertain now, so I concentrate on my LP source now!

Si74
25-02-09, 05:05 PM
Teac VRDS 7
died so,
Musical Fidelity Nu Vista,
Cayin SACD, killed so still the Nu Vista
which is better on redbook in any case.
Full stop.
Got given a Pioneer thing that plays all sorts but had already given away my sacd's
and the only dvd audio disc I have suggests this should have been the way to go?

Mescalito
26-02-09, 06:03 AM
1987 - 2001 Some phillipsey thing
2001 - 2008 Linn Ikemi

2008 - Present Linn Akurate DS - Blows just about any CDP I've heard into the weeds.

Chris

Mark LJ
26-02-09, 10:12 AM
Marantz CD52
Marantz CD67SE
Nad C521
Linn Classik
Marantz CD63KI
Arcam CD92
Sugden Masterclass

I know theres something else but the late 80's early 90's aren't as clear as they should be.

Tube Nube
26-02-09, 10:54 AM
1) Arcam Alpha - 1990

2) Arcam Delta 70.3- 1992 - till it packed in last fall

3) SqueezeBox Classic plus Monica3 DAC.

killie99
27-02-09, 07:34 AM
1985 - Denon DCDsomething - my sister still uses it!
1988 - Meridian 208
2002 - Primare D30
2008 - MF KW250s, used it about twice to play cd's as I'm a streaming convert .....

robl
22-04-09, 05:24 AM
Yamaha CDX-2
Arcam Delta ( + Black box later )
Linn Karik/Numeric
Linn CD12

Cleansound
22-04-09, 09:14 AM
Teac-something something
Harman Kardon-also can't remember the model.
Musical Fidelity-Old model with no remote (still have this unit)
California Audio Labs-DX 3
Marantz-63 KI signature
Arcam-Alpaha 7 SE
Primare- D 20 which I still have (I then started falling in love with vinyl all over at this stage)
As a result I went on a manhunt trying CDP's that were "vinyl sounding" and auditioned models from Esoteric,Tact,Classe,Marantz and also Jolida and Electrocompaniet.
I ended up with my current player:
Consonance Droplet.

Nytechy
28-07-09, 08:50 AM
1995 Arcam Alpha A5+ - Decided CDs weren't going to go away. Kept the LP12 though.
2000 Alpha died. Replaced with an Arcam CD72T. Kept the LP12 though.
2006/7 - Sold the 72T. Swapped the A5+ for an Avondale one - Very good. A keeper, given the state of the CD/Player market. Kept the LP12 though.

Also have a SB3 for all the Torrent downloads. Toying with the idea of a separate DAC.

DevillEars
28-07-09, 09:15 AM
1994: El cheapo Telefunken (testing the water)
1995: Rotel RCD965BX (daughter still has this CDP)
1996: Rotel upgrade with Trichord Clock 2 and Discrete output stage
1998: Theta Data Basic CDT plus Theta DSPro Progeny 'a' DAC
1999: Theta Data Basic II plus Theta DSPro Prime II 'a' DAC
2002: Theta DSPro Generation V 'a' DAC replaced Prime

After a few years in storage, retrieved Prime II 'a' to fill in for GenVa which needed seeing to - found it had died. Earlier this year, local DIYer offered a local-build DAC around the PCM1794 DAC chip, so gutted the casework of the Prime and had the PCM1794 fitted in the empty Prime case. For roughly GBP170 it was not a bad deal (until it also died after ~6 months - cause not yet diagnosed as it is back in storage).

I really enjoy the Theta sound and was saddened when they were taken over and their product range shifted in terms of focus...

Muttley2
28-07-09, 09:41 AM
1) Marantz undetermined c1986
2) Marantz CD50se
3) Arcam Alpha 7SE
4) Arcam Alpha 9 Upgraded the 7SE waste of money
5) Meridian 507 Nice
6) Naim CD5X really good especially with FC2

Gaius
28-07-09, 10:21 AM
Denon DCD1000
Rotel 965BX
Marantz CD10
Naim CD2
Tube Technology Fusion
Regal Apollo
Naim CDi (the best and a keeper)

Blurboy
28-07-09, 10:31 AM
Marantz CD73 - yes back in 83! Still have it too lol
Marantz CD52

and now have

Linn Karik 3 with Linn Numerik DAC

babu
28-07-09, 10:33 AM
Philips CD202
Sony something or other - so bad I took it back next day.
Denon DCD1500 (now worn out)
Denon DCD1500 Mk2 (s/h)

Lefty
28-07-09, 10:43 AM
Gaius - I'm surprised you found the Naim CDi better than the CD2. I thought it was supposed to be the other way around?

Lefty

johnfromnorwich
28-07-09, 10:47 AM
Marantz CD52 - Weak and tinny. Sold it to my sister.
Mission DAD5 w/ Meridian 203 - Better. Saw me through the vinyl-free early 90s. The 203 is a bit of a gem and still sees some action via a MacBook.
Cyrus CD8 - Awful. Shrill. Harsh. Plasticy draw construction. Worst HiFi mistake I ever made. PSXR made no difference either. Sold within a year.
Copland CDA823 - Just about okay (if a little dull). Built like a tank but still unreliable. Display has packed in within 2 years and the remote is so directional as to be useless. Slow loading, box too big etc. If I could get the display fixed, I'd sell it.

Added an Ack! DAC to the Copland and A/B'd it long term vs. DAD5 with the same DAC. It's depressingly close.

One day I'll find something I like....

alanbeeb
28-07-09, 10:50 AM
My digital promiscuity is embarrasing....

Technics something or other
Rotel RB-965
Musical Fidelity Elektra 600
Arcam Delta 250/BB500
Sugden CD-21
Sony SCD-1
Marantz CD-7
Sony SCD-XA300ES
Shanling SCD-T200
Meridian 500 + Chord DAC64
" + Electrocompaniet ECD-1
Marantz SA-11s1
Esoteric X-03se
NAD M5
Sony SCD-1 VSE L5 mods

Looking back, I'm ashamed to have been through so many players. After all that I have learned that really there is not much point spending more than about 1 - 1.5k on a good redbook CD player. A good SACD player pushes that price envelope up a bit more, but only if you can find the music you want on it. Luckily I can.

per-Sony-fied
28-07-09, 11:55 AM
My digital promiscuity is embarrasing....

Technics something or other
Rotel RB-965
Musical Fidelity Elektra 600
Arcam Delta 250/BB500
Sugden CD-21
Sony SCD-1
Marantz CD-7
Sony SCD-XA300ES
Shanling SCD-T200
Meridian 500 + Chord DAC64
" + Electrocompaniet ECD-1
Marantz SA-11s1
Esoteric X-03se
NAD M5
Sony SCD-1 VSE L5 mods

Looking back, I'm ashamed to have been through so many players. After all that I have learned that really there is not much point spending more than about 1 - 1.5k on a good redbook CD player. A good SACD player pushes that price envelope up a bit more, but only if you can find the music you want on it. Luckily I can.

And I would've thought that the Sony SCD-1 would've trounced the lot. Although it's real virtues were in SACD.

YNWOAN
28-07-09, 12:22 PM
I've never quite been sufficiently convinced to actually buy one. I was given one but I don't use it - there is one in the car though and I do use that sometimes (Alpine).

dgotlse
28-07-09, 12:30 PM
Rega Planet
Cyrus CD8X without and with PSX-R
Audionet Art V2
Ear Acute

per-Sony-fied
28-07-09, 12:30 PM
Nice to see a digital thread opposed to all the analogue stuff recently.

Rather a short list for me, generally hated CD until the 90's & then only bought my first one around 2000.

so 1.) Naim CDI .... thought it were awful to be truthful (I bought it from a student whom was desperate for cash, he twisted my arm) although I lent it to my mate for a while for a listen on his Naim electronics system & he commented on the wonderful deep bass it produced... didn't seem to do that in my non Naim system. It seemed lacking in detail, ringy in the treble & somewhat hard sounding.... I had to sell it.... moved over for....

2.) Pink Triangle Litaraul. Vast improvement, much more exciting, pacy & abundance of detail. Being PT it was rather neutral sounding with openess & space. It can sound a tad bland or murky but it really is minor... The owner I bought it from sold it for this reason.
Put it through a dac tho' & it really comes alive with extraordinary amounts of detail & dynamic punch.

3.) Sony XA-777ES SACD player. Fantastic for SACD that has been recorded properly but virtually the same performance as CD for those that havn't. It's CD performance is not bad either, if anything a little more realistic in the upper midband compared to the PT & Lyngdorf, particularly sounds of clapping. Otherwise it sounds a little rolled off & muted. I prefer the PT & Lyngdorf tho'.


4.) Lyngdorf CD-1. Very similiar to the PT but with a richer stronger bass, noticable on CD's that deliver this. Thought this would oust the PT as it has improved dynamic range specs & 96Khz sampling. In truth it's difficult to decide between the two. The PT has more openess & air to it's sound but where the Lyngdorf lacks it makes up in it's richer stronger bass. Tight call. I still have both.

That's it, that's my lot. I think the best SACD/CD player I've heard is a TEAC 3000? Belonged to Papa Lazarou (a PFM & Wigwam poster). Killed anything I have.... at least in the system it resided.

Klyde
28-07-09, 12:48 PM
1987 - Denon DCD 500
1990 - Denon DCD 1460
1992 - Marantz 72SE
1995 - Naim CD3

The Naim is still working fine, but it doesn't get much use as I went back to vinyl in 1996.

alanbeeb
28-07-09, 12:56 PM
And I would've thought that the Sony SCD-1 would've trounced the lot. Although it's real virtues were in SACD.

The modded SCD-1 does trounce the lot. The stock SCD-1 was very dry and hard sounding on ordinary CDs, while SACD was always excellent. The VSE modifications raise its performance on both massively.

Papa Lazarou
28-07-09, 01:00 PM
Nice to see a digital thread opposed to all the analogue stuff recently.

Rather a short list for me, generally hated CD until the 90's & then only bought my first one around 2000.

so 1.) Naim CDI .... thought it were awful to be truthful (I bought it from a student whom was desperate for cash, he twisted my arm) although I lent it to my mate for a while for a listen on his Naim electronics system & he commented on the wonderful deep bass it produced... didn't seem to do that in my non Naim system. It seemed lacking in detail, ringy in the treble & somewhat hard sounding.... I had to sell it.... moved over for....

2.) Pink Triangle Litaraul. Vast improvement, much more exciting, pacy & abundance of detail. Being PT it was rather neutral sounding with openess & space. It can sound a tad bland or murky but it really is minor... The owner I bought it from sold it for this reason.
Put it through a dac tho' & it really comes alive with extraordinary amounts of detail & dynamic punch.

3.) Sony XA-777ES SACD player. Fantastic for SACD that has been recorded properly but virtually the same performance as CD for those that havn't. It's CD performance is not bad either, if anything a little more realistic in the upper midband compared to the PT & Lyngdorf, particularly sounds of clapping. Otherwise it sounds a little rolled off & muted. I prefer the PT & Lyngdorf tho'.


4.) Lyngdorf CD-1. Very similiar to the PT but with a richer stronger bass, noticable on CD's that deliver this. Thought this would oust the PT as it has improved dynamic range specs & 96Khz sampling. In truth it's difficult to decide between the two. The PT has more openess & air to it's sound but where the Lyngdorf lacks it makes up in it's richer stronger bass. Tight call. I still have both.

That's it, that's my lot. I think the best SACD/CD player I've heard is a TEAC 3000? Belonged to Papa Lazarou (a PFM & Wigwam poster). Killed anything I have.... at least in the system it resided.





For the record that was an Esoteric X-03se. I take it you heard it at the Scalford Hall show?

johnfromnorwich
28-07-09, 01:40 PM
Added an Ack! DAC to the Copland and A/B'd it long term vs. DAD5 with the same DAC. It's depressingly close.


Not for the first time, I'm talking rubbish. I just got the DAD5 out of the attic and the Copland is substantially better both as a standalone player and feeding a DAC. Both fail miserably next to the record player though.

1000RPM
28-07-09, 01:48 PM
Naim CD3.5

er. that's it.

Rowan
28-07-09, 03:02 PM
Densen B400+

er...... That's it. (Also)

mykel
28-07-09, 06:08 PM
Nakamichi OMS2
Linn Mimic II
Naim CDX2

....just noticed this, but I seem to have a thing for 2s....

per-Sony-fied
29-07-09, 12:28 AM
For the record that was an Esoteric X-03se. I take it you heard it at the Scalford Hall show?

Yep. Never heard CD to that degree before. Not sure if it were the player that was totally delivering the goods or an extraordinary Karan amp & speakers helping to resolve what really is on CD.

I could have sat in your room all day..... I paid 2 visits, 1 at the end of the day when everyone wanted out. You kindly let me play a few tracks from my Yes CD.

Papa Lazarou
29-07-09, 01:49 AM
Ah, yes I remember. Glad you enjoyed it. The Esoteric is a fine player, but a balanced system approach and synergy is paramount.

TheDecameron
29-07-09, 04:13 AM
Toshiba nasty thing 1986
NEC almost as nasty 1988
Philips CD960, |Rolls Royce build 1989
Phillips CD850 mk2- very good, still have it
Meridian 506
Meridian 596 2003
SACD thing 2007


SACD, esp. on classical is fantastic

Jo Sharp
29-07-09, 04:50 AM
1987 some sony thing...
1997 Audio Analogue Paganini
2004 2/hand naim CD5
2007 CDS3

culletman
29-07-09, 07:34 AM
1992 Linn Karik/Numerik, thats it

brad666
29-07-09, 05:23 PM
1) Naim CDS3
2) Densen XS
CD's have always been a second choice

Stoik
29-07-09, 06:46 PM
-Technics SL-5 portable CD player (1986-1988)
-Sony CDP-507es-D (1988-2005)
-Arcam CD-73 (1 week in 2005)
-Rotel RCD-1072 (3 months in 2005)
-Naim CD5i (from 2005)

Lurking on the new Naim CD5 XS...

Bye.

divuk83
29-07-09, 07:01 PM
Rotel RCD955AX bought second hand in about 2001
Arcam CD62 bought new several years ago
Naim CD5i bought new last year
Naim CDX2 bought second hand this year

Dave

Bubblechild
30-07-09, 06:22 AM
A little Sony thing in the 80s
A Sony midi-system (c'mon, I was a kid)
A Kenwood thing recommended by Hi Fi Choice (!)
A Micromega Microdac (fun fun fun)
A DPA DAC (boring)
A Meridian 206b (OK but didn't thrill me)
A Meridian 206 delta sigma (I liked it more using it as a transport, with the Microdac. Surely that's saying something)
A Linn Genki (boring)
A Naim CDX (great - detailed but sooo involving and musical)
A Pioneer DVD player running into another Microdac (muddy but fun)
A Pioneer stable platter CD player (surprisingly good for the price...a tenner!)
A Meridian 506 (good but not thrilling)

Now thinking of returning to the Naim fold...as cheaply as possible...

hali
26-10-09, 11:20 AM
1999 - Harman Kardon DVD5
2001 - Arcam FMJ CD23T
2002 - Advantage S1
2004 - Sold the S1 (moved to the UK) - playerless
2009 - LG DVD player to a Meridian 606 DAC (for sale now btw) and looking (probably CD5x then later a Naim DAC)

doctorf
26-10-09, 12:02 PM
Arcam Alpha
then
Arcam Alpha 7
then
Avondaled Arcam Alpha 5
then
Avondaled Naim CD3
then nothing else!

Simon F

BIFFA
26-10-09, 01:10 PM
Pioneer midi thing
Phillips cd624
Marantz cd52mk2
Audiolab 8000 cdt/dac
Naim cd3
Naim cd5
Naim cd5i
Rega Planet
Arcam Alpha 9
Arcam Alpha 7
Cyrus cd7/psx
Audio Ananlogue Maestro
Roksan Kandy MK111

TheDecameron
26-10-09, 01:40 PM
This thread could be renamed "the hall of shame."

All those wasted years.....if only you had stuck with an lp12 ( and Im only half kidding).

wacko
26-10-09, 01:44 PM
Marantz CD94
Wadia 861
Accuphase 100/101

Have Fun
26-10-09, 01:49 PM
I was late starting Cd - 2000ish bought a Technics around 70 when I stated getting presents of Cd's for Xmas (some people were giving big hints).
Then a 2nd hand Mission Dad 7000 - best most analogue sounding I've heard so far
but it decided it wouldn't play WAV & a few CD copies so was sent to the living room system after the Technics went to the great gig in the sky.
Now use a 2nd hand Yamaha CDX 880 which isn't bad at all but I hanker after a CDX 993

JezmondTutu
26-10-09, 01:50 PM
Pioneer reference player with the transformer hanging off the back
Micromega Stage 3
Micromega Drive/Dac
Micromega Drive3/Dac
Rega Saturn

Had an original Meredian player with the whole component system too as a second system, the cd player really wasn't very good - trounced by a Rotel 865.

CD also a second source and for years I just had vinyl as it simply crapped all over any cd player I'd ever heard.