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Best portable CD player for Classical Music?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi everybody/anybody,

 

   I listen to classical music exclusively, and am looking for a really good player with a non-digital [ie. potentiometer flywheel] control, so I can select a comfortable but "full" sound for "heavier" symphonic music. If at all possible, I would also like it to include a preset equalizer with either a "live", "3D" or "surround" function, to alter the sound listening thru headphones to sound more like listening to a live concert. I have owned the Sony D-555 and Panasonic CT-510 [which lasted more than ten years], both of which I was happy with, although I wish the D-555 had an Analog volume control. Recently, I have "gone thru" two Sony's, two RCA's and two Panasonic's, trying to find a unit I could again be happy with. The Panasonic CT-582V I have now has a "3D" setting which is very nice, but the maximum volume usable varies with each CD recording, and is TOO LOW for my taste on a lot of my recordings!!! It has this built-in "D-Sound" function for MP3 enhancement, which may be causing the problem. I listen with Sony MDR-990 50 mm driver headphones. Can anyone suggest a good player for me and tell me where I can get it? Thanks so much.

 

Norm

post #2 of 8

I would suggest getting a portable amp, I don't think any portable CD players supports replaygain. 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

     Do you know of any good portable amps reasonably priced [under $100]? Do these have there own volume control; if so, are they digital or [hopefully] analog potentiometers? How would the portable amp connect to my portable CD player?

 

   Norm 

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

    Hi,

 

   It's me again. I followed up on your portable headphone amp suggestion by searching the Web to see what's out there. Wanting to keep the cost down, if I found the Boostaroo Revolution Mini Headphone Amplifier and Sound Enhancer for $34.99. This will allow up to a 400% volume boost, is compatible with all good headphones, and has a crossfeed circuit to enhance headphone listening to sound more like a live concert. I figure this would sound more realistic than the "3D" preset equalizer function in the Panasonic CT-582V CD player itself. Are you familiar with the Boostaroo or know someone else who is?

 

   Norm

post #5 of 8

You're probably better of doing a search in the portable amps forum, and asking there if you still don't know.  To keep it cheap, I'd recommend a CMoy amp.  You can make your own (requires soldering etc.), or you can buy them on eBay for around $35 + shipping.

post #6 of 8

I'm not familiar with the 990s, what ohm are they?

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

    The Sony MDR-V900's have 24 Ohm impedance. Are you familiar with the Boostaroo Revolution Mini Headphone Amplifier and Sound Enhancer [crossfeed]? I am considering it for $34.99 to boost the volume on my Panasonic portable CD player and solve my problem. The crossfeed circuit in the Revolution if supposed to provide concert hall-like sound.

 

NORM

post #8 of 8

Do you have another pair of headphones you can sample? Maybe the problem is the headphones itself and not the CD player.

 

I would suggest getting the PA2V2 for an introduction amp, it's rechargeable, comes with AV adapter and connection cord for $60 shipped.

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