I can get a NAD 502 used for 45 bucks. Should I?
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- And the seller even lives only a bicycle trip away !! On a street I once lived on!

Right now I only have the d-ej925. Would this be a better source??
No, seriously, how does it compare to say, 541i??

Or the Marantz cd6000??

[edit: The ad also says that it is the "42 cm model"?? Is that good or bad??????]
 
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The 502 is an excellent CD player. It originally sold for $300 around 1994-1995, and was a Stereophile Class C recommended component (the cheapest CD player to make the list).

It should be a major step up from your portable
For $45 you'd be silly not to buy it
 
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Thanks MacDEF!!

Legoman,

I know u bought mac's 502.. What are YOUR findings??
 
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A friend of mine has the 502. It's a pretty good player, maybe a bit aggressive. It doesn't really compare to the Marantz CD6000 or any other current CDP in that pricerange, but it's a LOT better than any portable. $45 isn't a bad price! Oh and 42 cm is the standard with for audio components..
 
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wab,

Thank you.
 
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I am the proud owner of two NAD 502s (110/220 V versions), and I can only sing its praises. When it came out it was unbelievable performance for the price, and for $45 it is even more unbelievable. When I first got mine and compared it to my $250 Sony CD Player it was like a veil had been lifted etc. etc.

The only minor caveat may be that initially they had kind of a reputation for limited reliability (especially the display). My first one developed a problem and was replaced by another unit, which has given me no trouble whatsoever. Neither has MacDef's 110V unit (thanks again). I think if you have a chance to check that it works, BUY BUY BUY. For $45 it is just a fantastic deal.
 
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great lego!! Though i really have the feeling that the guy just couldn't throw it away and sold it cheaply... So I don't think he would lie about the condition.

I can't wait§!!
 
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At that price - assuming it's functional - how can you go wrong. Especially if it has digital out (which I seem to recall that it does...but I could be wrong).



Very good...4 cans on a 5 can scale.


 
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The 502 has a coax digital out (I use a converter to feed the optical in of my MD player).

And I, too would rather give away my CD player than throw it away or not use it.
 
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