Someone recently asked Morbid toaster about a CD player.
This year I put together a little medium fi dedicated listening station that includes a dedicated stereo, HP set up and Sonos to stream my digital music in different rooms with wireless speakers. I'm still updating and dreaming of new gear.
That said, putting together 3 separate parts of my system and not having-uh $10,000 lying around waiting to be spent..... I did this on a budget buying one component at time and looking for good price point per $.
I went through an internal debate of CD players. As we all know people on Headfi will spend big $ on CD players. I'm just not sure it's worth it in the end.
I don't know if this post will have value for anyone, but for what it's worth, I ended up researching and purchasing the Onkyo 7030 for under $200 and I consider it an excellent value. I'm sure you can find it used or on sale, close to $100.
I'm sure some of you may disagree with $1,ooo CDPs-I'm just posting for me-at this point and time-this CDP that I bought new for about $170 works well and didn't set me back much at all.
Here's the Amazon link.
I bought it from Crutchfield in Virginia. I have found nary a negative review. It's simple, doesn't have many bells and whistles. But for someone like me, who just wants a dedicated CD player to play one CD at a time, not part of a surround system or anything, it works great and gives me a clear, neutral sound IMO.
A lot of the recommend CDP on this site will run you $500 +. I'm just now sure it's worth it for me. Maybe if you have an EXTREMELY revealing system. But, for those of us with say $1500-3,000 invested in a medium fi rig-I have doubts.
I posed the question on a schiit page (I own the Asgard-2) and got the same response when I found someone with the same player. You'd have to scroll down a bit to see a couple of responses to my question.
I do enjoy sitting down in my computer room with my stereo and putting in a well recorded CD and listening thru speakers or HPs and having that experience drinking a cold beer of just enjoying the CD in good fidelity. When I'm doing other stuff in the house-I enjoy my wireless streaming of my digitized lossless files. But, the CD dedicated rig has better sound.
Unlike many of you, I don't listen through my computer. I just rip into lossless files store it on a NAS and stream it through my Sonos gear or listen to CDs.
Vinyl sound like a great way to go w/metal-but given all this other gear-it's not affordable for me at this point. Functionality and convenience is a big driving factor for me. With Sonos, I can walk into the kitchen and use my cell phone to listen to any of the digitized music I own in a few seconds...so easy getting ready for work, making coffee, preparing a meal at the end of the day, etc. Then when I want to sit down and really listen, that's a different experience-but takes more work. I actually, have to stay in one room and take a CD out!
Edited by markm1 - 12/7/13 at 5:04am