Need a CD player - help!

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Guy Gadbois, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. Guy Gadbois

    Guy Gadbois Chief Inspector Thread Starter

    I'm really not a CD guy but I suddenly need a CD player after a gear moving mishap today. I broke my DAC that I used for my Cambridge CXC transport. But I am thinking of moving to a CD player...not a transport...instead of getting the DAC fixed.

    I'm out of my element here...please point me in the right direction of a good/great CD player for under $300
  2. vinylkid58

    vinylkid58 Forum Resident

    Victoria, B.C.
    There's a Yamaha player for $300 that people always mention here, but you'll have to look up the model num.

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  3. Radio

    Radio Forum Resident

    Ann Arbor, MI
  4. Philo Beddoe

    Philo Beddoe Mechanic at Joe’s Garage

    Indianapolis, IN.
    There is an Arcam for $250.00 in the For Sale section right now. P.S. not my sale.
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  5. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
  6. schwaggy

    schwaggy Forum Resident

    Pacific Northwest
    If you really are heading in the direction of a player, I'd pick up the Arcam here in the FS section. Good price for a nice sounding player.
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  7. BruceS

    BruceS El Sirviente del Gato

    Reading, MA US
    If you like Cambridge Audio, why not take a look at their AXC35?
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  8. CharlesS

    CharlesS Forum Resident

    Astoria, NY USA
    Nad C538, excellent CD player , esp for the price.
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  9. Swann36

    Swann36 Forum Resident

    Lincoln, UK
    I'll add a couple of ideas a Cyrus CD player ...really detailed if thats your thing or even a Musical Fidelity i have an A5 cdp which has a warmer feel they are both good value 2nd hand
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  10. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    Apparently the hardest thing is admitting you have a problem and you need help, so well done! CD Player anonymous is the next step and they can help you kick the habit once and for all.
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  11. Jim N.

    Jim N. Get off my lawn, punk, or hear my Mossberg sing!

    So Cal
    I've had positive dealings with Apos and they are my go-to for Chinese gear. Be a bit wary of SMSL though as they have had QC issues in the past. Perhaps they have gotten better.

    I think the new DAC route is better as timind states unless you are planning to sell your CXC transport to fund the purchase of a CD player.
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  12. shug4476

    shug4476 Forum Resident

    Agree go for a DAC with that money. Some nice ones around these days too.
  13. Clonesteak

    Clonesteak Forum Resident

    Kalamazoo, MI
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  14. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    I've heard that about SMSL. That said, I own two of the SU-8 dacs, they both are working flawlessly for me.
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  15. Jim N.

    Jim N. Get off my lawn, punk, or hear my Mossberg sing!

    So Cal
    Glad to hear it! Maybe they have gotten better. IIRC they and Topping are part of the same company (I have a D90). Topping made a lot of really cheap gear for a long time (like those 30 buck desktop T-amps back in the day).
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  16. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Chicago metro, USA
    get a schiit dac
  17. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    I'd like to hear the D90. If I ever see a good deal somewhere I may just buy one.

    I bought the SMSL dac at the same time I bought a Topping D70 as I was kind of in the same position as @Guy Gadbois.
    It took me a good 7-8 months to decide I preferred the SU-8. Oddly, I lent both dacs to a friend who preferred the D70 by a large margin. He felt the D70 met all his needs in a dac so he bought one.
  18. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
    I nabbed a Sony CDP-911E a few months ago for about £60. One of the best hifi bargains I've had. Sounds great, it's now the player I use most, and works an utter treat with my actives.

    I think the core thing here is the Pulse DAC that Sony used. Several of their players had it, so I'd seek one of those out. You should be able to find one fairly easily on Ebay too.
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  19. DaMoodyBlues

    DaMoodyBlues Senior Member

    If you can still find one for a decent price, the Onkyo C7030 is a nice player and a decent value. Mine has been bulletproof for over 7 years. Sound great
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  20. bgiliberti

    bgiliberti Will You Be My Neighbor?

    I've been really happy with my Marantz 8004, which got great reviews when it came out a number of years ago. The 8005 is slightly better I understand. If you want new, you could also look at the current lower-priced Marantz CD players, which a lot of people here really seem really to like. Generally, I think Marantz makes nicely voiced components using above-average quality parts and DACs.
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  21. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    Unfortunately they switched converter chips. The Wolfson's no longer in play.
    But agree, excellent sounding player. For his price range request I'd go with that Yamaha 300, nice as well and would never have to worry about pre-emphasis discs :)
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  22. DaMoodyBlues

    DaMoodyBlues Senior Member

    I don't believe that are any new ones around. I was speaking about the used market. I bought mine in 2014 and knew that they were around new for a few years after that.
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  23. c-eling

    c-eling I never dreamed another way.

    It'd be tough knowing/tracking one down before the switch. Think someone in another thread verified the manufacture date before the Wolfson was pulled. Can't remember.
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  24. Benzion

    Benzion "Cogito, ergo sum" Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    What was the DAC you broke? Since you have the transport - why not get another DAC? CA DAGMagic sounds great. There's always the Schiit Modi/Modius/Multibit in your price range, and Musical Fidelity V90 should be a nice sounding DAC.
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  25. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Vintage Dust

    Fort Worth TX
    I highly recommend the Denon DCD 600NE....well worth $300 :righton:
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