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Classic CD players???

post #1 of 65
Thread Starter 
Things like the marantz cd52mk2 and the 63 Ki series. How good would these be for a budget source to be used with a good(Linsey hood kit) amp and some HD600's????


Just love the feel of these old players... talk about well built!!
post #2 of 65
beauty and the beast all in one player. Rosewood sides, 37 pounds of music making machine. These players sold for over 2K when they came out and can be found from 4-5 hundred up on the used market. Even by todays standards, still a very good cdp. The Sony X7ESD. They make excellent transports.
post #3 of 65
Problem is, DAC technology has accelerated by leaps and bounds over the last 5 years or so. Today's $400 model can rival yesterday's $4000 uber-CDP. IMO, FWIW, older CDPs *in general* are not necessarily a good buy, YMMV.

Mark
post #4 of 65
There are older machines than those you mentioned that are better than Markl would give them credit for. But I don't give a damn about SACD or DVD-A. That said, I don't like Marantz digital from any era.

NGF
post #5 of 65
I'd have to say I agree with markl on this one. "Classic" turntables maybe, but not CD players.
post #6 of 65
A classic CD player, however, can make an excellent transport.
post #7 of 65
CD players today sound many, many more times better than those of the past, and it's more than night and day difference. Just not worth getting. Amps on the other hand tend to hold up much better.
post #8 of 65
Would a Linn mimik sound better than a 963A for standard 16/44 redbook cds?
post #9 of 65
Very interesting topic.

I am currently using a Sugden Bijou CDMaster, not exactly classic but not state of the art either.

I have not been able to find alot of information/reviews/comparisons for the CDMaster anywhere, if anyone knows of any, can you please point me to the link?

Would a brand new state of the art CDP from Sony or other manufacturers sound significantly better?

Thanks in advance,
Shard
post #10 of 65
Shard,

You've seen the standard response in this thread.

NGF
post #11 of 65
Quote:
Originally posted by TimSchirmer
Would a Linn mimik sound better than a 963A for standard 16/44 redbook cds?
No, its age alone disqualifies it from consideration. Plus, the 963A is from a large company with a wonderful reputation. Who's ever heard of Linn or its products, like the CD12 or Ikemi which haven't been significantly updated in about five or so years? And obviously I only listen to my Meridian because I prefer the lack of features and the retro styling.

Seriously, this thread has impressed me to no end. Aren't audiophiles the people who know that the shiney object isn't always the one you want to put in your mouth? Or are we just snobby in every opinion about audio equipment that we express?
post #12 of 65

Meridian 206B

Bitstream player still going strong, given a new breath of life by a JMT META42. It was surplus to requirements since I upgraded my CD source. Won't be thinking of flogging it off anytime soon.
post #13 of 65
I got a Rotel RCD-955AX back in 1993 and it is still going strong. Great value for money and a great, warm sound. I've never been tempted to buy anything else.
post #14 of 65
Quote:
Originally posted by DanG
Or are we just snobby in every opinion about audio equipment that we express?
yes
post #15 of 65
I disagree with many of the former opinions. A compact disc player is much more than just a digital-to-analog converter. There is no way in hell a $400.00 player today will even come close to a 3, or 4 year old $4000.00 player. And, yes I have done direct comparisons.
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