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post #31 of 47
Quote:
Originally posted by redshifter
keith, you said 5 - 7 years old, which my d-777 falls into, and i don't use the anti-skip as it sucks up the batteries too fast for me.

now i only need my cha 47 amp and i'll be a happy man.
Actually I said more than 5-7 years old if you want to go back and read my post. I wasn't sure exactly of the dates of manufacture of the D-777 so I said more than 5-7 years to cover myself. I guess you missed that part.

Oh, and I doubt the happiness will last unless you stop reading the boards here at head-fi Something better or different will always come along and you won't be happy until you get that Ignorance is bliss.

-Keith
post #32 of 47
Hmm Duncan, from your description of the J1000, it sounds as though Sony hasn't bothered to retune their EQs since the J01. I'd describe the J01 as the same, to the point where it loses dynamics and details in favor of a warm sound. Mushy type of warmth too that is, not quite a clean warmth. I also thought the bass was rather boomy as well. For a clean type of warmth I'd say Panasonics do that best without losing the high end, and they have a tight bass. Which is why I'm personally holding out for Panasonic's frisbee player if I were to upgrade from my 570 (not that it would be much of an upgrade, losing the LCD, but just gotta have a new toy sometimes ).
post #33 of 47
keith,
i'm usually pretty good about being reasonable about my purchases. i mean, i've been content with the same pcdp for over 5 years now. i have ONE md player, ONE walkman (playback), ONE pcdp, pretty much one of everything! right now i'm struggling with the urge to buy some d66 eggo cans, which after evil vertigo-1's review i think i'm losing. i ALREADY have a pair of portable closed cans, the v6... why do i need another? now that vert has compared them with the v6 he's taken away my "logical" reason to get them (to provide a review for head-fi, of course)... if there was only some way to stop thinking about them day and night, their sexy egg shape....

btw, i'm listening to peter gabriel's soundtrack to "last temptation of christ" on my d-777 through my v6 through the headphone jack and i'm still blown away... after all these years. </sappy>
post #34 of 47
EJ 1000 coming out in the US soon? I noticed that Sony had cleared out many of their pcdp models at their website.

I cannot wait till someone reviews the panasonic frisbee too.
post #35 of 47
Keith,
Do yourself a big favor and hunt down the D777 or D905. They really worth every penny. I am sure that redshifter, Duncan, and many owners agree. All I can say is your collection won't be completed without the D777, and D905. And these two are truely portable. Of course, they don't equip with G-protection, but who will go running with Discman, if you have MD and MP3 players.

I hope you will get lucky soon, and I am sure you will love the 777 and 905 after you get it. D777 and D303 are just as excellence. Of course, my D555 bests them all, but all I can do with it is listen to it at home.
post #36 of 47
Thanks purk, I'm probably gonna need it (luck) to pick up a D-777 and D-905. I usually see a couple of D-777's on ebay a month, but I only recall ever seeing one or two 905's. They are definitely on my short list of used PCDP's to buy. They seem to be two of the few bright spots in the dismal crop of PCDP's that were produced in the mid to late 90's. Sony produced a lot of good CD portables from 1987 to 1992 (D-10, 15, 25, 35, 303, 555, etc) but things seem to have dropped off a bit after that, unless there are some exceptional portables out there from that time period that I haven't heard of.

BTW, does anyone know the approximate months/years that the D-777 and D-905 were manufactured?

-Keith
post #37 of 47
Keith,
D777 was manufactured in April 1997. D-E900 (E905) was manufactured the year after that. Both look awesome and sound excellence. Here's the pics of my ultimate discman. The silver one is Panasonic SL-S651c with wireless remote.
post #38 of 47
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by purk
Keith,
D777 was manufactured in April 1997. D-E900 (E905) was manufactured the year after that. Both look awesome and sound excellence. Here's the pics of my ultimate discman. The silver one is Panasonic SL-S651c with wireless remote.
This puzzles me...

I can't honestly remember if i bought my D777 in 1995 or 1996, but either way the player was released in the UK at the same time as the short lived (for UK) E888s - August 1995!

How do I know? - The last time I went on holiday with my parents, was August 1997 - and I took the D777 with me on TWO holidays with my parents ('96 & '97)

Then, (in the UK) the player lasted about three years at the top of the tree before being 'uprated' to the E905 - I remember drooling when I saw it early in 1998 alongside the D777 in a Sony shop!!

The D-E905 was a short-lived player in the UK, was here for less than a year.. the D-EJ01 was never 'openly' avaliable in the UK (was not on the website either) whereas it was all over the US...

now, up to current day, UK / Asia is full of D-EJ1000s but, Europe / USA generally do not appear to have ANY of the players at all? What is Sony doing?

Maybe the Japanese, and the UK market are the guinea pigs for the rest of the world? - depending on how sales go... they release further afield? maybe this is their policy generally? - hence us in the UK never really saw the 'J01 because it wasn't well received in the US?????
post #39 of 47
Duncan,
I've just looked at the back of my D777 (i have 2 of these). Perhaps mine was manufactured after yours!!??! Anyway, I confirm that it is a 1997 model.
post #40 of 47
my d-777 was born on july 1997.
post #41 of 47
I can understand having a couple PCDPs for different purposes, e.g., better sound v. shock protection. But you can only listen to one at a time.

So just out of curiosity, why do you folks accumulate so many of these things?
post #42 of 47

Duncan, You have to get a D25s and that may make you a Duke of pcdp! No Doubt if "King" equals "quantity"...Keith has you beat, but obviously there is a list of "required" pcdp's evolving here for the serious collector. Or, on the other hand is Keith a closet pcdp dealer in disguise (just kidding, Keith!)

I hope that you'll be able to really do a definitive comparison. Man, get a D25s from Silicon Salvage ($45 US). If the goal for having all of these pcdp's is the music and the enjoyment it gives, then your comparison would be valuable to us all.

"D-EJ1000... not much in the way of bass compared to the two older units, but what there is, is great quality! - and the treble, its so smooth that you could mistake it for a babies bottom! - its brilliant!! Isn't this the goal; a smooth flat sound across the entire frequency range with extremely low THD--the major cause of listener fatigue? Maybe "not much base" is because the others have a pronounced lower mid?
A smooth high end is what gives the transparency and the channel separation (lack of cross talk) the ability to hear that ringing bell only in the right channel.

Do a good review (new thread) for us!

I can't wait to read it.
post #43 of 47
*jumps in line behind zowie*

yeah, what the heck is wrong with you guys?
post #44 of 47
Quote:
Originally posted by zowie
I can understand having a couple PCDPs for different purposes, e.g., better sound v. shock protection. But you can only listen to one at a time.

So just out of curiosity, why do you folks accumulate so many of these things?
I can't answer for anyone else, but why do people collect stamps, or baseball cards, or antique radios? They are a part of history and for me anyways since I am interested in electronics and music they give me something interesting to collect, a hobby. Having PCDP's that date back to 1985 allows me to see the engineering evolution (or de-evolution in some cases) of the portable CD player. As an added bonus, many of them provide a very pleasing music-listening experience.

I do have several that I frequently use for different purposes though. The Sony D-EJ1000 when compactness is a concern, the Sony DF-S18 when possible water or weather might be a problem, the Panasonic SL-CT570 for a general workhorse portable player that won't break me up if it gets damaged, the Sony D-25S or D-303 for stationary or around the house use, the Rio Volt for when a lot of music (CD/MP3) in a compact package. If I was being strictly utilitarian, I could probably limit it to four or five , probably the SL570, EJ1000, 303, 25S, and S18.

-Keith
post #45 of 47
Thread Starter 
The review is coming... please be patient with me, there is going to be (at least in my head at the moment) a LOT of typing to be done...

Thanks
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