21-01-2012, 12:45 AM
I have used half a dozen mid priced CD players in the last ten years, including at one time an expensive outboard DAC, and they all sounded the same to me.
I now have all my music in lossless files on a hard disc, playing it via a Sonos wireless front end connected via a digital cable to the DAC on my CD player, and it sounds just the same as CD replay, with a lot more added convenience based features.
21-01-2012, 12:57 PM
My update since last posting on this thread, is a SONY 5400ES. I have had it modified by VSE. While it is capable of surround, I'm using it with C7ES3, REL B-3 and Leben CS300XS. I am very pleased with this combination. The SONY replaced a PrimaLuna that I was very happy with. I used the PrimaLuna with LFD Mk IV, and that was an excellent combination. I have tried tubed cdp with tubed amp, and ss cdp with ss amp, but I find mixing either way preferable.
15-04-2012, 03:48 AM
I am now using a Rega Apollo-R with Brio-R and my Harbeth P3ESR's and a TEAC Reference PD-H600 in my living room system.
19-04-2012, 02:50 PM
I'm using a Marantz SA11S2 and Luxman L505U with S-HL5. Upgraded from a Marantz CD63.
23-09-2012, 12:58 AM
Custom music server
Well I guess this does not really apply here, but I thought I would join in anyway. My last CD player was the last CD player I will ever own. I have built my own custom music server and only play FLAC files now and I have never played so much music in my life - I totally love it, it sounds better than my last CD player and players costing quite a few thousand, but above all is much more convenient if you have a large music collection.
Best thing I ever did guys and I know its not for everyone, but it has taken my enjoyment of music to another level.
23-09-2012, 05:31 PM
17-08-2013, 03:21 AM
I have just bought Cayin 50t CD player for my M30 and Lavardin IT combo. Not the king of detail but really sweet analogue sound!
I feel Cd players have sonic characteristics and this one is in the warm and sweet side.
17-08-2013, 09:01 AM
Unusually, I use a Tascam CD-RW700 as I transfer vinyl, R to R tapes and Cassettes to CD. I do this on a semi-pro basis. It is a competent CD player and very reliable, as is all Tascam kit. Professionals need reliable equipment !
I also use a Naim CD 3.5 on a second system with my HL-P3s. It is the closest I have heard to a good turntable. Yes, I really like playing records...
17-08-2013, 04:20 PM
Rarely play CDs these days, but my old Philips / Magnavox FD-1010, from the early '80's, is always a pleasure. An ergonomic masterpiece.
29-08-2013, 09:43 PM
Try the new 105 it's incredible.
29-08-2013, 10:05 PM
The Cantata is absolutely amazing. But very expensive but it is very well backed up and I will have it for a long time.
It is also a beautiful piece or should I say kit.
16-10-2013, 12:07 PM
I use a couple of different CD players in my two stereo systems: Plinius CD-101 in the whole Plinius set, now vintage Advantage CD-1 and also a small outboard DAC Musical Fidelity V-DAC.
I really like the Plinius, it is elegant and original in that it does not have a display. It's one of its kind.
26-11-2013, 06:01 AM
Just switched from the Lector 7 Mk3 to an Accuphase DP-55V. Not the same resolution but surely a nice player, works very nicely with my M30's being a little softer and rounder.
For HDCD i use my old Arcam Alpha 9. Still a great player! Paid 70 GPB for it, and that is just silly..
28-11-2013, 10:07 PM
Great, affordable options
I drive a pair of P3ES-2s by a Rotel RA-1062 amp, paired with its sibling RCD-1072. Great-sounding low-to-mid price gear.
Alternative sources are a Squeezebox Duet (mostly for internet radio) and occasionally a portable DVD player, both connected via a DACMagic.
29-11-2013, 09:59 PM
Naim to Rega
During the last seven years, I have been using Naim CD players. I have had a few models, from CD5i to CDX2/XPS.2.
I am now using a CD5i, with a Nait 5i. The lack of an empty socket for an external psu is very reassuring..
A few days ago, though, I have heard a rega Apollo, finding it natural, genuine and convincing.
01-12-2013, 08:40 PM
Rega Saturn through LFD MKiv with LFD power,speaker, and interconnect cabling.
13-01-2015, 07:45 PM
Accuphase DP75v. Sitting on bamboo chopping board, on Vibro cones and Vibro Pods.
Best I have heard in my system. And it looks totally gorgeous
13-01-2015, 09:20 PM
Bluray for me
My preference is for a modern middle of the road Bluray player.
I am not convinced spending more gives better sound, and I do not want to be without the video, for watching movies, but also the ballet or opera stage.
13-01-2015, 09:32 PM
Second hand Philips
Philips cd 210, second hand store for euro 4.95 ( the point is correct). I year ago I sold my copland cda 277 because the difference in sound with my sonos was negligible.
But I missed the player because sometimes you simply want to play a cd, and now the sound difference with sonos is negligible again ! I have to admit the looks are not gorgeous at all but I simply close the cabinet, no remote so no problem.
13-01-2015, 10:00 PM
Flac v. MP3
I haven't played a CD in years. They are all ripped to FLAC on hard drive (with back up), but that FLAC collection is copied to Google Play Music where I can access them anywhere at 320 kb/s MP3. It would be sheer bravado to say I can reliably tell the difference when FLAC and 320 kb/s MP3 tracks are played back on the same system.
Originally Posted by willem